Definition of depth
depthsplay play \ˈdepths, ˈdep(t)s\
1a (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 1b (1) : a profound or intense state (as of thought or feeling) the depths of sorrow; also : a reprehensibly low condition hadn't realized that standards had fallen to such depths (2) : the middle of a time (such as a season) the depths of winter (3) : the worst part the depths of the depression
2 mathematics a : the perpendicular (see 1perpendicular 1b) measurement downward from a surface the depth of a swimming poolb : the direct linear measurement from front to back the depth of a bookshelf
3 : the quality of being deep the depth of the pass
4 : the degree of intensity depth of a color; also : the quality of being profound (as in insight) or full (as of knowledge) the depth of her experience
5 : the quality or state of being complete or thorough a study will be made in depth
6 US, sports : the quality of having many good players a team that lacks depth in the outfield
depthlessplay \ˈdepth-ləs\ adjective
beyond one's depthor
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 in a Sentence
These fish typically live at depths of 500 feet or more.
Students will test the temperature of the water at different depths.
The boat sank to a depth of several hundred feet.
measuring the depth of the water
the depth of a hole
The pool has a depth of 12 feet.
I began working at the factory during the depth of the Depression.
Recent Examples of depth from the Web
Despite all that deal-making, the average number of days a vehicle spends on dealers’ lots has topped 70 for the first time since 2009, during the depths of the industry’s crisis.
Barrington's depth, versatility, speed and chemistry have fueled the run.
Alexandria, a historic burg of 140,000 people, had seven aging municipal pools as recently as six years ago — none the right length or depth for competitive swim meets.
In the end, Brother Rice's depth proved to be too much for the Eagles.
During Lindsey's brief tenure as Arizona State's offensive coordinator, the Sun Devils went through a rash of injuries that decimated their depth at quarterback.
While Jay Ajayi is clearly the most well-rounded back on the Dolphins' roster, and therefore the rightful owner of the depth chart's top position, the team will be able to turn to the members of its backfield for help in 2017.
The active mixing of material creates powerful whirlwinds even at a depth where the pressure is more than 10 million pascals, or around 100 times the atmospheric pressure of Earth at sea level.
In the oceanic depths of the Great Lakes, life and death swirl like coffee and cream.
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Origin and Etymology of depth
Middle English, from dep deep
First Known Use: 14th century
DEPTH Defined for Kids
Definition of depth for Students
1 : measurement from top to bottom or from front to back a cupboard's depth
2 : a place far below a surface or far inside something (as a sea or a forest) Some unusual fish live at great depths.
3 : the middle of time the depth of winter
4 : intensity 2 a depth of color No one can imagine the … depth of our emotion … — E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan
Medical Definition of depth
depths\ˈdepth, ˈdep(t)s\play play
1: the distance between upper and lower or between dorsal and ventral points of a body
2: 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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