A bottomless or unfathomed depth gulf or chasm thus any deep immeasurable and specifically hell or even the bottomless gap
- a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) hole or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
- A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, particularly, hell, or the bottomless pit.
- boundless time; a massive intellectual or moral depth.
- The center of an escutcheon.
late 14c., earlier abime (c.1300, from an application in Old French), from Late Latin abyssus "bottomless gap," from Greek abyssos (limne) "bottomless (pool)," from a- "without" (see a- (2)) + byssos "bottom," possibly linked to bathos "depth."
(n.) A bottomless or unfathomed level, gulf, or chasm; thus, any deep, immeasurable, and, especially, hell, or even the bottomless pit.
- (n.) limitless time; a massive intellectual or ethical level.
- (letter.) The center of an escutcheon.
Its congeners even then lived in England, as is proved by the fact that their relics have been found in the Stonesfield oolitic rocks, the deposition of which is separated from that which gave rise to the Paris Tertiary strata by an abyss of past time which we cannot venture to express even in thousands of years.