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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The book promises to provide a more in-depth look at the Griffin family’s journey. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "Former UCF stars Shaquill, Shaquem Griffin featured in new book," 4 June 2019 Want access to the best analysis and in-depth reporting about Alabama each week? al.com, "How I learned to quit worrying and love the special session," 3 June 2019 While Schmetzer can use attacking midfielder Harry Shipp if needed, his team’s greatest depth is at center back and left back positions that weren’t impacted by the international call-ups and thus won’t be of much help spelling anybody. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Despite long layoff, Sounders are bracing for a challenging week ahead," 25 Mar. 2019 As the size of images and the depth of networks increased, the number of connections—and hence the number of input weight parameters—would explode. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 In that same amount of time, Leo's hair has gone from wavy auburn to straight raven black, and the depth of his smoky eye makeup varies on a daily basis. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Rose Opens Up About the Pressure to Have Good Skin in K-Pop and Beyond," 5 Oct. 2018 The depth of your squat will depend on your own range of motion, though as a general rule of thumb, Jenkins recommends bending your knees to a 90-degree angle or less. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Legs and Butt With These 2 Bodyweight Exercises From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 15 Aug. 2018 While the vehicle itself does not descend, the depth of the tank changes at one point from 7-½ feet to 10-½ feet. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New Legoland submarine taking its guests into the "deep sea" — sharks, stringrays included," 1 July 2018 Antonio Vitiello reported on Twitter that the club will have to offload some midfielders in order to make room in the squad for the youngster, with the depth of midfielders already sufficient enough. SI.com, "Max Meyer's Representatives Spotted in Milan Ahead of Proposed Move to I Rossoneri," 20 June 2018

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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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