Definition of chaos in English:

chaos

Syllabification: cha·os
Pronunciation: /ˈkāˌäs
 
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noun

  • 1Complete disorder and confusion: snow caused chaos in the region
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    • You find yourself at the brink of an important change that brings emotional chaos and confusion today.
    • That's the way to create the impression of confusion, panic and chaos.
    • I am whisked through the doors to a chaos of people and boxes and props on the other side.
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  • 1.1 Physics Behavior so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions.
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    • By these means, the study of chaos and complexity has become a subculture within science.
    • Interestingly, this view is increasingly embraced by theories of dynamical systems and chaos.
    • A great example of a nonlinear system exhibiting chaos is all around you: the weather.
  • 1.2The formless matter supposed to have existed before the creation of the universe.
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    • They had known each other since the advent of the chaos that existed before time gave its birth cry.
    • Creation stories describe in various ways the essential struggle between chaos and form.
    • There is, however, the universal law that brings about order out of chaos and creates harmony.
  • 1.3 (Chaos) Greek Mythology The first created being, from which came the primeval deities Gaia, Tartarus, Erebus, and Nyx.
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    • In Greek mythology, Chaos is the goddess of emptiness and confusion who gave birth to the Universe.
    • The greater threat is known to the Humans and is humanity's nemesis called Chaos.
    • The ordered world of her childhood had been ripped apart and she stood on the edge the Abyss and stared into the face of Chaos.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting a gaping void or chasm, later formless primordial matter): via French and Latin from Greek khaos 'vast chasm, void'.

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