What does depth mean?
Definitions for depth
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word depth.
the extent downward or backward or inward
"the depth of the water"; "depth of a shelf"; "depth of a closet"
degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
(usually plural) the deepest and most remote part
"from the depths of darkest Africa"; "signals received from the depths of space"
(usually plural) a low moral state
"he had sunk to the depths of addiction"
astuteness, profundity, profoundness, depth, deepnessnoun
the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
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"
(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.
The vertical distance below a surface; the amount that something is deep.
Measure the depth of the water in this part of the bay.
The distance between the front and the back, as the depth of a drawer or closet.
The intensity, complexity, strength, seriousness or importance of an emotion, or situation.
The total palette of available colors.
The property of appearing three-dimensional.
The depth of field in this picture is amazing.
The deepest part. (Usually of a body of water.)
Tthe burning ship finally sunk into the depths.
A very remote part.
The most severe part.
The lower of the two ranks of a value in an ordered set of values.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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
profoundness; extent or degree of intensity; abundance; completeness; as, depth of knowledge, or color
lowness; as, depth of sound
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
the number of simple elements which an abstract conception or notion includes; the comprehension or content
a pair of toothed wheels which work together
Etymology: [From Deep; akin to D. diepte, Icel. dpt, dp, Goth. diupia.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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
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.
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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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'depth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3224
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Rank popularity for the word 'depth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4376
Rank popularity for the word 'depth' in Nouns Frequency: #1084
The numerical value of depth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of depth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of depth in a Sentence
Science is Christian, not when it condemns itself to the letter of things, but when, in the infinitely little, it discovers as many mysteries and as much depth and power as in the infinitely great.
We’re going to have to rely on our depth a little bit more now, and hopefully, when Joe is ready, he can be a part of that depth and help us out more towards the back end of the beginning of the season.
The quality, the depth, the sense of reality that he brings to the work is unparalleled.
I'm never surprised at the depth of racism in Middle America, the depths of it are limitless. There is a well you can dig into if you are white that justifies almost any level of abuse that you can direct at a black person that challenges your comfort zone.
Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business.
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Translations for depth
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- խորություն, խորքArmenian
- DéiftLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- gylis, gilumasLithuanian
- dzīle, dzelme, dziļumsLatvian
- profundidade, funduraPortuguese
- profunzime, adâncimeRomanian
- djup, vidd, färgdjupSwedish
- kiini, kinaSwahili
- độ sâuVietnamese
- ukushona, ubudeZulu
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