- The definition of an abyss is an extremely deep or bottomless hole or chasm, either literal or figurative.
- A bottomless pit is an example of an abyss.
- A person who is very depressed may be said to have fallen into an abyss.
A switchback path leads into the abyss.
abyss definition by Webster's New World
- a deep fissure in the earth; bottomless gulf; chasm
- anything too deep for measurement; profound depth: abyss of shame, of time, etc.
- the ocean depths
- Theol. the primeval void or chaos before the Creation
Origin: Classical Latin abyssus ; from Classical Greek abyssos ; from a-, without plush byssos, bottom
- abyssal adjective
abyss definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void: “lost in the vast abysses of space and time” (Loren Eiseley).
- a. The primeval chaos out of which it was believed that the earth and sky were formed.b. The abode of evil spirits; hell.
Origin: Middle English abissus, from Late Latin abyssus, from Greek abussos, bottomless : a-, without; see a-1 + bussos, bottom.