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Meaning of ABYSS

Pronunciation:  u'bis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a bottomless gulf or pit

ABYSS is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abysm
 See Also: chasm



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*byss"\, n. [L. abyssus a bottomless gulf, fr. Gr. ?
bottomless; 'a priv. + ? depth, bottom.]
1. A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence,
   any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the
   bottomless pit.

         Ye powers and spirits of this nethermost abyss.

         The throne is darkness, in the abyss of light.

2. Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.

         The abysses of metaphysical theology. --Macaulay.

         In unfathomable abysses of disgrace.  --Burke.

3. (Her.) The center of an escutcheon.

Note: This word, in its leading uses, is associated with the
      cosmological notions of the Hebrews, having reference
      to a supposed illimitable mass of waters from which our
      earth sprung, and beneath whose profound depths the
      wicked were punished. --Encyc. Brit.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: an abyss is as deep as your fear of the hidden feelings inside of you or of a situation that threatens your happiness. Falling in this abyss reflects your despair and anxiety. Dreaming of an abyss will tell you that you need to overcome your deepest fears and get rid of the obstacles in your way.
Thesaurus Terms
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