- 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.
(usually uncountable, plural chaoses)
- The unordered state of matter in classical accounts of cosmogony
- Any state of disorder, any confused or amorphous mixture or conglomeration.
- (mathematics) Behaviour of iterative non-linear systems in which arbitrarily small variations in initial conditions become magnified over time.
- (fantasy) One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to law.
Borrowed from Ancient Greek χάος (khaos, “vast chasm, void”)
In Early Modern English used in the sense of the original Greek word. In the meaning primordial matter from the 16th century. Figurative usage in the sense "confusion, disorder" from the 17th century. The technical sense in mathematics and science dates to the 1960s.