What does the word abyss mean?

Usage examples for abyss

  1. Then the soul of Jeffrey Whiting went down into the abyss of despairing loneliness. – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  2. Suddenly, however, the heavens above us appeared to be emptied, and not a star was seen to twinkle in the mighty abyss,- no gleam of light to break the unity of the infinite darkness. – The Campaner Thal and Other Writings by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter