noun \ˈdepth\
plural depths \ˈdepths, ˈdep(t)s\

Definition of DEPTH

a (1) :  a deep place in a body of water <fish living at great depths> (2) :  a part that is far from the outside or surface <the depths of the woods> (3) :  abyss 2
b (1) :  a profound or intense state (as of thought or feeling) <the depths of misery>; also :  a reprehensibly low condition <hadn't realized that standards had fallen to such depths>
(2) :  the middle of a time (as winter) (3) :  the worst part
a :  the perpendicular measurement downward from a surface
b :  the direct linear measurement from front to back
:  the quality of being deep
:  the degree of intensity <depth of a color>; also :  the quality of being profound (as in insight) or full (as of knowledge)
:  the quality or state of being complete or thorough <a study will be made in depth>
:  a large number of good players <a team that lacks depth>
depth·less \ˈdepth-ləs\ adjective
beyond one's depth or out of one's depth
:  beyond the limits of one's capabilities <an actor who is out of his depth in serious drama>

Examples of DEPTH

  1. These fish typically live at depths of 500 feet or more.
  2. Students will test the temperature of the water at different depths.
  3. The boat sank to a depth of several hundred feet.
  4. measuring the depth of the water
  5. the depth of a hole
  6. The pool has a depth of 12 feet.
  7. I began working at the factory during the depth of the Depression.

Origin of DEPTH

Middle English, from dep deep
First Known Use: 14th century
DEPTHLESS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdepth\

Definition of DEPTH for Kids

:  measurement from top to bottom or from front to back <a cupboard's depth>
:  a place far below a surface or far inside something (as a sea or a forest) <Some unusual fish live at great depths.>
:  the middle of time <the depth of winter>
:  intensity 2 <a depth of color> <No one can imagine the … depth of our emotion … — E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan>
:  abundance, completeness <The speaker displayed a depth of knowledge.>
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈdepth\
plural depths \ˈdepth, ˈdep(t)s\

Medical Definition of DEPTH

:  the distance between upper and lower or between dorsal and ventral points of a body
:  the quality of a state of consciousness, a bodily state, or a physiological function of being intense or complete <the depth of anesthesia> <the depth of respiration>


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