- The definition of chaos refers to lack of order or lack of intentional design.
An example of chaos is an extremely messy room with papers piled everywhere.
This room is in chaos.
- the disorder of formless matter and infinite space, supposed to have existed before the ordered universe
- extreme confusion or disorder
- Archaic an abyss; chasm
- ☆ Math. a pattern or state of order existing within apparent disorder, as in the irregularities of a coastline or a snowflake
Origin of chaosClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek chaos, space, chaos (sense ) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝheu-, an unverified form ĝhei-, to gape: see yawn
- A condition or place of great disorder or confusion.
- A disorderly mass; a jumble: The desk was a chaos of papers and unopened letters.
- often Chaos The disordered state of unformed matter and infinite space supposed in some cosmogonic views to have existed before the ordered universe.
- Chaos theory.
- Mathematics A dynamical system that has a sensitive dependence on its initial conditions.
- Obsolete An abyss; a chasm.
Origin of chaosMiddle English, formless primordial space, from Latin, from Greek khaos.