[ dictionary: glossary ]
[ < Latin depressio; French dépression.]
cf.: used in texts to point the reader to another
location in the text
depression: Dejection; despondency; lowness.
Example: "In a great
depression of spirit." -Baker.
1. The act of depressing.
2. The state of being depressed; a sinking.
3. A falling in of the surface; a sinking below its true place;
a cavity or hollow; as, roughness consists in little protuberances
4. Humiliation; abasement, as of pride.
5. Dejection; despondency; lowness.
6. Diminution, as of trade, etc.; inactivity; dullness.
7. (Astronomy) The angular distance of a celestial object below the
8. (Mathematics) The operation of reducing to a lower degree; -- said
9. (Surgical) A method of operating for cataract; couching. See Couch,
v. t., 8.