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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abyssal mean? 

ABYSSAL (adjective)
  The adjective ABYSSAL has 2 senses:

1. relating to ocean depths from 2000 to 5000 meters
2. so deep as to be unmeasurable

  Familiarity information: ABYSSAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ABYSSAL (adjective)

Sense 1abyssal [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to ocean depths from 2000 to 5000 meters

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)


abyssal zone (the deep sea (2000 meters or more) where there is no light)

Sense 2abyssal [BACK TO TOP]


So deep as to be unmeasurable


abysmal; abyssal; unfathomable

Context example:

the abyssal depths of the ocean


deep (having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination)

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