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The Definition of - depression (noun)

    noun
    1.
    the act of depressing.
    2.
    the state of being depressed.
    3.
    a depressed or sunken place or part; an area lower than the surrounding surface.
    4.
    sadness; gloom; dejection.
    5.
    Psychiatry. a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.
    6.
    dullness or inactivity, as of trade.
    7.
    Economics. a period during which business, employment, and stock-market values decline severely or remain at a very low level of activity.
    8.
    the Depression, Great Depression.
    9.
    Pathology. a low state of vital powers or functional activity.
    10.
    Astronomy. the angular distance of a celestial body below the horizon; negative altitude.
    11.
    Surveying. the angle between the line from an observer or instrument to an object below either of them and a horizontal line.
    12.
    Physical Geography. an area completely or mostly surrounded by higher land, ordinarily having interior drainage and not conforming to the valley of a single stream.
    13.
    Meteorology. an area of low atmospheric pressure.

Word Example of - depression

    Example Sentences for depression

    On the nervous system it acts as a pleasant stimulant and restorative, its moderate use not being followed by depression.

    Depression had promptly followed the excitement that had spurred him into this venture.

    Not before in many years had I felt such a depression of the spirits.

    She stared gloomily about her, struggling to recollect the cause of her depression.

    The desolation of the place increased the depression of his spirits.

    On the way to Rosek's rooms, she disguised from Fiorsen her headache and depression.

    Their enjoyment of power had made them soften some of the prejudices learnt in days of depression.

    Then, too, many diseases are mere results of mental disturbance or depression.

    The depression in the tray is made in the same way as described before in making the small square tray.

    By this time the youth had forgotten his depression, his homesickness of the morning.

Word Origin & History of - depression

    Word Origin & History

    depression late 14c. as a term in astronomy, from L. depressionem, noun of action from deprimere "to press down, depress" (see depress). Attested from 1650s in the literal sense; meaning "dejection, depression of spirits" is from 1660s (as a clinical term in psychology, from 1905); meteorological sense is from 1881 (in reference to barometric pressure); meaning "a lowering or reduction in economic activity" was in use by 1826; given a specific application (with capital D-) by 1934 to the one that began worldwide in 1929.