chaos

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chaos (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions
    • n Chaos (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
    • n chaos the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos
    • n chaos a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chaos An empty, immeasurable space; a yawning chasm. "Between us and there is fixed a great chaos ."
    • Chaos Any confused or disordered collection or state of things; a confused mixture; confusion; disorder.
    • Chaos The confused, unorganized condition or mass of matter before the creation of distinct and orderly forms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chaos A vacant space or chasm; empty, immeasurable space.
    • n chaos The confused or formless elementary state, not fully existing, in which the universe is supposed to have been latent before the order, uniformities, or laws of nature had been developed or created: the opposite of cosmos.
    • n chaos A confused mixture of parts or elements; confusion; disorder.
    • n chaos In the language of the alchemists, the atmosphere: first so used by Paracelsus. Synonyms Anarchy, Chaos. See anarchy.
    • n chaos [capitalized] The void of unformed matter personified and deemed by some among the Greeks as the oldest of the gods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chaos kā′os shapeless mass: disorder: the state of matter before it was reduced to order by the Creator
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people.”
  • Paul Cezanne
    Paul Cezanne
    “We live in a rainbow of chaos.”
  • Carl Jung
    Carl%20Jung
    “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
  • Henry Miller
    Henry%20Miller
    “Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.”
  • Alan Dean Foster
    Alan Dean Foster
    “Freedom is just chaos with better lighting.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. chaos, chaos (in senses 1 & 2), Gr. cha`os, fr. cha`ineinroot cha) to yawn, to gape, to open widely. Cf. Chasm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

He was regarded as the father of Seb, the earth having been formed from space or chaos.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
But slowly as these professors returned to America order came out of chaos; the Y adjusted itself and became an efficient machine.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
He will make order out of chaos.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
A maid was there, and the furniture might have stood as a type of chaos.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
The Russian line was turned into a spluttering chaos of earth, stones, trees, and human bodies.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Two pictures stood out so sharply from the background chaos of his impressions, that he believed them to be veritable memories.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
Beyond what he could see there lay, for him, a vast emptiness, a chaos of loneliness, an eternity of shattered hopes and broken dreams.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
He did not ask questions as they faced the black chaos of rain.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
A chaos of grass and weeds thrust even through the rust of the high iron fence about the place.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
All seemed a meaningless chaos and jam.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
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In poetry:

Is there no God—earth, sky, and sea
Are but a chaos wild!
Is there a God—I know that he
Must hear his calling child!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
God of Mercy! God of Peace!
Make the mad confusion cease;
O'er the mental chaos move,
Through it speak the light of love.
"The Wake of William Orr" by William Drennan
The chaos reigning in the room
He does not try to master.
His tears and headache hide in gloom
The extent of his disaster.
"Parting" by Boris Pasternak
The fields where chaos reigned supreme
And Nature frowned aghast,
By patient-toil have fruitage borne
And blossomed fragrance cast.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
When oblivion reigns supreme,
Down the endless aisles of chaos,
All things become alike gangrene,
In the land where spirit leaves us.
"The Fate Of All" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Oh, man, why in thy foolish heart
Should one seed grow so well,
That naught but chaos there should reign,
'Mid poison plants of hell.
"Display" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

BEIJING—Charles Chao has built Sina Corp.
Imagine the chaos this flight caused in the Big Apple when three radio controlled aircraft enthusiast sent their latest creations skyward.
All great rock albums are a delicate dance between chaos and control.
They might have been easy to miss, what with all the bulldozers and jackhammers and general chaos, but a group of more demure residents have recently put down roots in Columbus Circle.
The Iraqi National Museum, home to priceless artifacts that were plundered in the chaos after the United States-led invasion in 2003, will reopen this month, an Iraqi official said Wednesday, Reuters reported.
The game ended in chaos after a call in the end zone gave the Seahawks the winning touchdown.
Some said they thought Monday night's Packers-Seahawks game, which ended in chaos after a call in the end zone gave the Seahawks the winning touchdown instead of a Packers interception, provided the final push toward a settlement.
Chaos After a President's Shooting.
With Albany reeling from the chaos of a scandal-plagued governor and rising discontent with the current crop of politicians, New York has been hearing more from a ghost of scandals past: Eliot Spitzer.
They're streaming "Cradle Robber" from their upcoming album Chaos Of Forms on their official Facebook page.
International sanctions, the government's lack of fiscal discipline, and Iranians' memories of hardship combine for chaos.
A sultry noir in contemporary clothes, this tight new thriller from Brown plays like measured chaos.
Lords of Chaos ringleader 's bid to overturn death sentence DENIED.
Cleveland's Ringworm is taking a brief jaunt down to Texas for the annual Chaos In Tejas festival in Austin, and Kansas City is lucky enough to get one of the dates on the way.
"Chaos" rules day in Philly with scab officiating, Ravens tightrope loss.
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In science:

In that approach the Frobenius-Perron resonances constitute a link between classical and quantum chaos [5,6].
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
A well-known theme in random matrix theory (RMT), zeta functions, quantum chaos, and statistical mechanics, is the universality of scaling limits of correlation functions.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
Cebrat∗ † Colorado Center for Chaos and Complexity, CIRES, CB 216, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA 80309 ∗ Institute of Microbiology, University of Wroc law, ul.S.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
RMT may be applied as an exact theory for correlations of eigenvalues, as discussed in the first part of this review, or it may serve as a schematic model for chaos and disorder in physical systems.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Finally, RMT encapsulates a duality between order and chaos.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
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