depth

noun
\ ˈdepth How to pronounce depth (audio) \
plural depths\ ˈdepths How to pronounce depths (audio) , ˈdep(t)s How to pronounce depths (audio) \

Definition of depth

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
b(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

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a : the perpendicular (see perpendicular entry 1 sense 1b) measurement downward from a surface the depth of a swimming pool
b : 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
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

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Other Words from depth

depthless \ ˈdepth-​ləs How to pronounce depthless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for depth

Synonyms

deepness, drop

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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.
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That's because from January to April trade winds from the north blow most of the warm surface water out to sea, and colder water wells up from the depths to replace it. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Clipper will assess the habitability of Europa's ocean and also scout out potential touchdown sites for the lander, which will seek out signs of life that have bubbled up to the surface, or the very near subsurface, from the dark depths. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 There’s an in-depth look at former UCF coach Scott Frost and what his return to Nebraska could mean for the future of the Cornhuskers as well as a closer look at what was involved in Texas A&M’s pursuit of former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 Police shared a GoPro video of divers inspecting the car before hauling it from the depths of the river Sunday. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Chicopee police pull Mercedes from river — 3 months after driver ‘blacked out,’ forgot where he left it," 9 July 2018 Such was the minimal strength in depth within the squad, however, that Cabaye simply had to pull through. SI.com, "Yohan Cabaye's Time at Crystal Palace Was Underappreciated, But His Arrival Was a Landmark Moment," 5 July 2018 Complex organic molecules have been discovered for the first time coming from the depths of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, a new study reported. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Ingredients for Life Found on Saturn’s Moon, Enceladus," 27 June 2018 Deep time makes a mockery of the plantations’ blinkered order; under the ancient canopy, the master’s stride falters and the voices of African hunters and Amerindian priests resound from the depths of unrecorded millenniums. New York Times, "Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness," 27 June 2018 Folding stout into the batter adds richness and depth to make a childhood favorite a little more grown up. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pies," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of depth

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for depth

Middle English, from dep deep

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depth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of depth

: a distance below a surface
: the distance from the front of something to the back
: an area that exists far below a surface or far inside something : a deep place or area

depth

noun
\ ˈdepth How to pronounce depth (audio) \

Kids Definition of depth

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 sense 2 a depth of color No one can imagine the … depth of our emotion …— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan
5 : abundance, completeness The speaker displayed a depth of knowledge.

depth

noun
\ ˈdepth How to pronounce depth (audio) \
plural depths\ ˈdepth How to pronounce depths (audio) , ˈdep(t)s How to pronounce depths (audio) \

Medical Definition of depth

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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