Definition of Chaos

1. Noun. A state of extreme confusion and disorder.

Exact synonyms: Bedlam, Pandemonium, Topsy-turvydom, Topsy-turvyness
Generic synonyms: Confusion
Specialized synonyms: Balagan
Derivative terms: Chaotic, Topsy-turvy

2. Noun. The formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos.
Generic synonyms: Physical Phenomenon

3. Noun. (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe.
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Greek Deity

4. Noun. (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions.
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Dynamical System
Derivative terms: Chaotic

Definition of Chaos

1. n. An empty, immeasurable space; a yawning chasm.

Definition of Chaos

1. Noun. (initialism of congenital high airway obstruction syndrome) ¹

2. Noun. (slang) (initialism of can't have anyone over syndrome) ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A vast chasm or abyss. ¹

4. Noun. The unordered state of matter in classical accounts of cosmogony ¹

5. Noun. Any state of disorder, any confused or amorphous mixture or conglomeration. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete rare) A given medium; a space in which something exists or lives; an environment. ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) Behaviour of iterative non-linear systems in which arbitrarily small variations in initial conditions become magnified over time. ¹

8. Noun. (fantasy) One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to law. ¹

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Definition of Chaos

1. a state of total disorder; a confused mass [n -ES] : CHAOTIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Chaos

1. 1. State of such total disorganization that it has no constructive predicates. 2. A state in which no causal relationships are operating. Origin: G., primeval formless void (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chaos

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chaos theory
chaotic attractor
chaotic heart

Literary usage of Chaos

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1. An Historical and Critical Dictionary by Pierre Bayle (1826)
"chaos. WE find no where a more just epitome of the doctrines of the ancients, concerning chaos, and of the manner in which the universe was formed out of it ..."

2. The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1897)
"chaos, as shown elsewhere, is Theos, which becomes Kosmos : it is Space, the container of everything in the Universe. As Occult Teachings assert, ..."

3. The Classical Mythology of Milton's English Poems by Charles Grosvenor Osgood (1900)
"891 the realm or region of chaos is 'the hoary Deep—a dark Illimitable Ocean.' Again it is'the wasteful Deep' (PL 2. 961), the 'nethermost' and 'intractable ..."

4. The Westminster Review by John Chapman, Charles William Wason (1903)
"THE general chaos in the Liberal ranks; the dissensions among the ... Why is Liberalism in such chaos to-day ? To answer this, we must go back to Mr. ..."

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