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

2 mathematics

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Five-stars get the headline, but a truly great recruiting class often has depth as well—players who can be program-changers over three or four years, not just one or two. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Arizona Looks to Ride New Wave of Recruits Back Into Prominence," 12 Sep. 2019 If Coutee can't go, the Texans have depth with DeAndre Carter and also traded recently for Kenny Stills. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Keke Coutee, Tytus Howard questionable for season opener," 7 Sep. 2019 The loss of Williams, who started three games and played in all 13 as a freshman, isn’t optimal but UW should have enough depth to survive this week. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW suffers another injury hit with nose tackle Bryson Williams out with a leg injury," 5 Sep. 2019 BURBANK Burbank will figure to have plenty of depth, as there will be about eight players on the squad under the direction of coach Branko Sevic. Burbank Leader, "Girls’ Golf Preview: Rivalry expected to hit new high between Burroughs, Burbank," 4 Sep. 2019 Not all of them have played this preseason because of injuries, and the offensive line’s troubles have impacted the offense’s efficiency overall, but this unit has depth, talent and experience. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kelly: Here’s a look at the Miami Dolphins’ highs and lows from training camp and preseason | Commentary," 1 Sep. 2019 On offense, the Colts have great depth at both wide receiver and tight end. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "3 things to watch as Colts take on Bengals in final preseason game," 27 Aug. 2019 With one of their largest rosters in years, partly thanks to a new co-op with Canton, which went 1-9 last season in Class S, the Bears have depth all over. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "High school football: With returning stars and a deep roster, Granby thinks it can contend for a title in Class M," 23 Aug. 2019 The Beavers look to have some depth at cornerback, a position of serious concern coming out of spring practice. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football: 10 takeaways as Beavers end preseason camp and head into Oklahoma State prep," 22 Aug. 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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