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Chaos Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    chaos n
  1. a state of extreme confusion and disorder [syn: pandemonium, bedlam, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness]
  2. the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos
  3. (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
  4. (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions
Chaos Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Chaos \Cha"os\ (k[=a]"[o^]s), n. [L. chaos chaos (in senses 1 & 2), Gr. cha`os, fr. cha`inein (root cha) to yawn, to gape, to open widely. Cf. Chasm.]
  1. An empty, immeasurable space; a yawning chasm. [Archaic] Between us and there is fixed a great chaos. --Luke xvi. 26 (Rhemish Trans.).
  2. The confused, unorganized condition or mass of matter before the creation of distinct and orderly forms.
  3. Any confused or disordered collection or state of things; a confused mixture; confusion; disorder.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Chaos'


Chaos (Greek: χάος ; in English pronounced /ˈkeɪ.ɒs/ (the antithetical, or possibly complementary, concept was cosmos).

Later uses of the term by philosophers varied over time. In modern English, the word is used in classical studies with the original meaning; in mathematics and science to refer to a very specific kind of unpredictability; and informally to mean a state of confusion. In philosophy, and in popular culture, the word can occur with all three meanings.

In Greek mythical cosmogony, particularly in the Theogony (Origin of the Gods) of Hesiod (8th–7th century BC), Chaos is the original dark void from which everything else appeared. First came Gaia (Earth) and Eros (Love), then Erebus and his sister Nyx (Night). These siblings produced children together which included Aether, Hemera (Day), and Nemesis. Other cosmogonies, such as the lost Heptamychos of Pherecydes of Syros, also have the gods being born from Chaos, but in a different way.

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* He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign. - Victor Hugo

* Excellent wretch Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again. - William Shakespeare

* A schedule defends from chaos and whim. - Annie Dillard


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