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abyss


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abyss  \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. 
  --Milton. 
 
  The  throne  is  darkness,  in  the  abyss  of  light. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abyss 
  n  :  a  bottomless  gulf  or  pit  [syn:  {abysm}] 




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