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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bis-uh l]
    • /əˈbɪs əl/
    • /əˈbɪs.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bis-uh l]
    • /əˈbɪs əl/

Definitions of abyssal word

  • adjective abyssal of or belonging to the ocean depths, esp below 2000 metres (6500 feet) 3
  • adjective abyssal of or like an abyss; immeasurable; unfathomable. 1
  • adjective abyssal of or relating to the biogeographic zone of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones: from depths of approximately 13,000 to 21,000 feet (4000 to 6500 meters). 1
  • noun abyssal Relating to or denoting the depths or bed of the ocean, especially between about 10,000 and 20,000 feet (3,000 and 6,000 m) down. 1
  • adjective abyssal belonging to the ocean depths 1
  • adjective abyssal relating to an abyss, unfathomably deep 1

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Origin of abyssal

First appearance:

before 1685
One of the 48% oldest English words
From the Medieval Latin word abyssālis, dating back to 1685-95. See abyss, -al1

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Parts of speech for Abyssal


abyssal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abyssal

adj abyssal

  • abysmal — If you describe a situation or the condition of something as abysmal, you think that it is very bad or poor in quality.
  • cavernous — A cavernous room or building is very large inside, and so it reminds you of a cave.
  • deep — If something is deep, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something.
  • immeasurable — incapable of being measured; limitless: the immeasurable vastness of the universe.

adjective abyssal

  • unfathomable — not able to be fathomed, or completely understood; incomprehensible: heroism in the face of unfathomable conflict.

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