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Meaning of CHAOS

Pronunciation:  'keyâs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
  2. [n]  the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos
  3. [n]  a state of extreme confusion and disorder

CHAOS is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bedlam, pandemonium, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness
 See Also: balagan, confusion, Greek deity, physical phenomenon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cha"os\ (k[=a]"[o^]s), n. [L. chaos chaos (in senses 1 &
2), Gr. cha`os, fr. cha`inein (root cha) to yawn, to gape, to
open widely. Cf. {Chasm}.]
1. An empty, immeasurable space; a yawning chasm. [Archaic]

         Between us and there is fixed a great chaos. --Luke
                                               xvi. 26

2. The confused, unorganized condition or mass of matter
   before the creation of distinct and orderly forms.

3. Any confused or disordered collection or state of things;
   a confused mixture; confusion; disorder.

Computing Dictionary

A property of some non-linear dynamic systems which exhibit sensitive dependence on initial conditions. This means that there are initial states which evolve within some finite time to states whose separation in one or more dimensions of state space depends, in an average sense, exponentially on their initial separation. Such systems may still be completely deterministic in that any future state of the system depends only on the initial conditions and the equations describing the change of the system with time. It may, however, require arbitrarily high precision to actually calculate a future state to within some finite precision.

["On defining chaos", R. Glynn Holt <rgholt@voyager.jpl.nasa.gov> and D. Lynn Holt <lholt@seraph1.sewanee.edu>. ]

Fixed precision floating-point arithmetic, as used by most computers, may actually introduce chaotic dependence on initial conditions due to the accumulation of rounding errors (which constitutes a non-linear system).

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