What does depression mean?

Definitions for depression
dɪˈprɛʃ ənde·pres·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. depressionnoun

    a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity

  2. depression, slump, economic crisisnoun

    a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment

  3. natural depression, depressionnoun

    a sunken or depressed geological formation

  4. depressionnoun

    sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

  5. Depression, Great Depressionnoun

    a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment

  6. low, depressionnoun

    an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation

    "a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow"

  7. depressive disorder, clinical depression, depressionnoun

    a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention

  8. depression, impression, imprintnoun

    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

    "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

  9. depressionnoun

    angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

  10. depressionnoun

    pushing down

    "depression of the space bar on the typewriter"

Wiktionary

  1. depressionnoun

    an area that is lower in topography than its surroundings

  2. depressionnoun

    in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future

  3. depressionnoun

    in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a period of unhappiness or low morale which lasts longer than several weeks and may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or suicide

  4. depressionnoun

    an area of lowered air pressure that generally brings moist weather, sometimes promoting hurricanes and tornadoes

  5. depressionnoun

    a period of major economic contraction;

  6. depressionnoun

    Four consecutive quarters of negative, real GDP growth. See NBER.

    The Great Depression was an event in US history.

  7. depressionnoun

    a lowering, in particular a reduction in a particular biological variable or the function of an organ, in contrast to elevation

  8. Etymology: From depressio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Depressionnoun

    Etymology: depressio, Latin.

    The beams of light are such subtile bodies, that, in respect of them, even surfaces that are sensibly smooth, are not exactly so: they have their own degree of roughness, consisting of little protuberances and depressions; and consequently such inequalities may suffice to give bodies different colours, as we see in marble that appears white or black, or red or blue, even when most carefully polished. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    If the bone be much depressed, and the fissure considerably large, it is then at your choice, whether you will enlarge that fissure, or continue it for the evacuation of the matter, and forbear the use of the trapan; not doubting but a small depression of the bone will either rise, or cast off, by the benefit of nature. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Depression of the nobility may make a king more absolute, but less safe. Francis Bacon, Ornam. Ration. 28.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Depressionnoun

    the act of depressing

  2. Depressionnoun

    the state of being depressed; a sinking

  3. Depressionnoun

    a falling in of the surface; a sinking below its true place; a cavity or hollow; as, roughness consists in little protuberances and depressions

  4. Depressionnoun

    humiliation; abasement, as of pride

  5. Depressionnoun

    dejection; despondency; lowness

  6. Depressionnoun

    diminution, as of trade, etc.; inactivity; dullness

  7. Depressionnoun

    the angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon

  8. Depressionnoun

    the operation of reducing to a lower degree; -- said of equations

  9. Depressionnoun

    a method of operating for cataract; couching. See Couch, v. t., 8

Freebase

  1. Depression

    Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may also be present. Depressed mood is not necessarily a psychiatric disorder. It may be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a primary or associated feature of certain psychiatric syndromes such as clinical depression.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Depression

    Depressive states usually of moderate intensity in contrast with major depression present in neurotic and psychotic disorders.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. depression

    The pointing of any piece of ordnance so that its shot may be projected short of the point-blank.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depression' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4119

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depression' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4588

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depression' in Nouns Frequency: #1638

Anagrams for depression »

  1. i pressed on

  2. press in doe

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of depression in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of depression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of depression in a Sentence

  1. Kristin Bendikson:

    All of these long-term implications, plus the symptoms put women at a higher risk for both depression and anxiety.

  2. Christopher Mills:

    [It’s] not likely to happen because the same tax and legislative hindrances that chased GE out will keep other companies away, those hindrances are what have to be removed to prevent a localized depression.

  3. Genevieve Piche:

    Until now, our hypotheses were that maternal depression has a greater influence on girls since it provides them with a model of depressive, cognitive and interpersonal functioning and also may elicit more caretaking behavior in girls, which subsequently could lead them to develop depressive symptoms.

  4. Andrew Wheeler:

    My grandfather was a coal miner during the Depression, my grandmother raised her children in the coal camps of West Virginia. In fact, I still have some of the company script that she used to buy food in the company store.

  5. Elias Aboujaoude:

    I often tell my patients that if you're in an area where access to traditional therapy is limited, then online therapy may be a reasonable source of treatment for you, however, I also tell them that the best studies for online therapy have been in patients with mild to moderate symptoms. If it's somebody that had severe symptoms, be it of anxiety, depression, other conditions, then these are patients for whom I would really strongly recommend traditional therapy.

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