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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 abyss /əˈbɪs, æ ||ˈæ(ˌ)bɪs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·byss n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently
          unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below
          (often used figuratively) [syn: abysm]