What does depth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. depth, deepnessnoun

    the extent downward or backward or inward

    "the depth of the water"; "depth of a shelf"; "depth of a closet"

  2. depthnoun

    degree of psychological or intellectual profundity

  3. depthnoun

    (usually plural) the deepest and most remote part

    "from the depths of darkest Africa"; "signals received from the depths of space"

  4. depthnoun

    (usually plural) a low moral state

    "he had sunk to the depths of addiction"

  5. astuteness, profundity, profoundness, depth, deepnessnoun

    the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas

  6. depthnoun

    the attribute or quality of being deep, strong, or intense

    "the depth of his breathing"; "the depth of his sighs," "the depth of his emotion"


  1. Depthnoun

    (Computers) the maximum number of times a type of procedure is reiteratively called before the last call is exited; -- of subroutines or procedures which are reentrant; -- used of call stacks.


  1. depthnoun

    The vertical distance below a surface; the amount that something is deep.

    Measure the depth of the water in this part of the bay.

  2. depthnoun

    The distance between the front and the back, as the depth of a drawer or closet.

  3. depthnoun

    The intensity, complexity, strength, seriousness or importance of an emotion, or situation.

  4. depthnoun

    The total palette of available colors.

  5. depthnoun

    The property of appearing three-dimensional.

    The depth of field in this picture is amazing.

  6. depthnoun

    The deepest part. (Usually of a body of water.)

    Tthe burning ship finally sunk into the depths.

  7. depthnoun

    A very remote part.

  8. depthnoun

    The most severe part.

  9. depthnoun

    The lower of the two ranks of a value in an ordered set of values.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Depthnoun

    Etymology: from deep, of diep, Dutch.

    As for men, although they had buildings in many places higher than the depth of the water, yet that inundation had a long continuance. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    We have large and deep caves of several depths: the deepest are sunk six hundred fathoms. Francis Bacon.

    The left to that unhappy region tends,
    Which to the depth of Tartarus descends. John Dryden, Æn.

    For though, in nature, depth and height
    Are equally held infinite,
    In poetry the height we know
    ’Tis only infinite below. Jonathan Swift.

    The false tides skim o’er the cover’d land,
    And seamen with dissembled depths betray. John Dryden, Ann. Mir.

    When he prepared the heavens I was there, when he set a compass upon the face of the depth. Prov. viii. 27.

    And in the depth of winter, in the night,
    You plow the raging seas to coasts unknown. John Denham.

    The earl of Newcastle, in the depth of Winter, rescued the city of York from the rebels. Edward Hyde.

    There are greater depths and obscurities in an elaborate and well written piece of nonsense, than in the most abstruse tract of school divinity. Joseph Addison, Whig Examiner.


  1. depth

    Depth refers to the distance between the closest and farthest surface of an object, space, or topic. It can also refer to the complexity or profoundness of thought, or understanding in a conceptual context. Overall, the concept of depth can be applied in various fields such as physics, measurement, study, philosophy, and even arts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Depthnoun

    the quality of being deep; deepness; perpendicular measurement downward from the surface, or horizontal measurement backward from the front; as, the depth of a river; the depth of a body of troops

  2. Depthnoun

    profoundness; extent or degree of intensity; abundance; completeness; as, depth of knowledge, or color

  3. Depthnoun

    lowness; as, depth of sound

  4. Depthnoun

    that which is deep; a deep, or the deepest, part or place; the deep; the middle part; as, the depth of night, or of winter

  5. Depthnoun

    the number of simple elements which an abstract conception or notion includes; the comprehension or content

  6. Depthnoun

    a pair of toothed wheels which work together

  7. Etymology: [From Deep; akin to D. diepte, Icel. dpt, dp, Goth. diupia.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Depth

    depth, n. deepness: the measure of deepness down or inwards: a deep place: the sea: the middle, as depth of winter: abstruseness: extent of sagacity and penetration.—adj. Depth′less, having no depth.—Out of one's depth, in water where one cannot touch bottom: in water too deep for one's safety: beyond one's faculties.—The depths, the lowest pitch of humiliation and misery. [Not in A.S.; Skeat makes it Ice. dýpð, from djúpr, deep.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. depth

    In maritime/hydrographic use, the vertical distance from the plane of the hydrographic datum to the bed of the sea, lake, or river.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. depth

    A technical word, peculiarly applicable to bodies of men drawn up in line or column. The depth of a battalion or squadron is the number of men in rank and file from front to rear.

Editors Contribution

  1. depth

    A known measurement.

    The depth of the sea was known by using specialized equipment.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3224

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4376

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depth' in Nouns Frequency: #1084

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of depth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of depth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of depth in a Sentence

  1. Zhao Lijian:

    Through field visits and in-depth visits in China, the experts unanimously agreed that the allegation of lab leaking is extremely unlikely.

  2. Sam Clovis:

    I think his spiritual journey is one where he is internalizing this as he goes forward, i'm very confident that Donald Trump is a person of faith, and I love being around him. In fact, a couple of us there, we often sit down and talk about these very issues with Mr. Trump, so I'm not in any doubt about the depth of Donald Trump's faith.

  3. Steven Kasher:

    The quality, the depth, the sense of reality that he brings to the work is unparalleled.

  4. De Mistura:

    Honestly not everything will be solved in one day - but (it would be) productive ... to resume the talks with a much more in-depth address on the issue of political transition.

  5. Ken Farley:

    In the distant past, the sand, mud, and salts that now make up the Wildcat Ridge sample were deposited under conditions where life could potentially have thrived, the fact the organic matter was found in such a sedimentary rock -- known for preserving fossils of ancient life here on Earth -- is important. However, as capable as our instruments aboard Perseverance are, further conclusions regarding what is contained in the Wildcat Ridge sample will have to wait until it's returned to Earth for in-depth study as part of the agency's Mars Sample Return campaign.

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