abyss /əˈbɪs, æ ||ˈæ(ˌ)bɪs/
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.
n : a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently
unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below
(often used figuratively) [syn: abysm]