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Pronunciation:  di'preshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  pushing down; "depression of the space bar on the typewriter"
  2. [n]  sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  3. [n]  a sunken or depressed geological formation
  4. [n]  a time period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment
  5. [n]  angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
  6. [n]  a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"
  7. [n]  a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention
  8. [n]  a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
  9. [n]  a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
  10. [n]  an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation; "a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow"

DEPRESSION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: clinical depression, depressive disorder, economic crisis, impression, imprint, low, low pressure, natural depression, slump, the Depression, the Great Depression
 Antonyms: elation, elevation, natural elevation
 See Also: affective disorder, agitated depression, air mass, anaclitic depression, angular position, basin, bed, blue funk, blues, bottom, channel, chap, click, concave shape, concavity, crack, cranny, crater, crease, crevice, crinkle, cyclone, deep, dejection, demoralisation, demoralization, dent, despondence, despondency, dimple, dip, disconsolateness, droop, dysphoria, dysthymia, dysthymic depression, economic condition, emotional disorder, emotional disturbance, endogenous depression, exogenous depression, financial condition, fissure, formation, funk, furrow, geological formation, geology, Great Depression, groove, heartsickness, helplessness, hole, hollow, incision, incurvation, incurvature, line, low spirits, lowland, major affective disorder, major depressive episode, megrims, melancholia, melancholy, mental state, mouse click, neurotic depression, oceanic abyss, oppression, oppressiveness, period, period of time, prick, psychological state, psychotic depression, push, pushing, reactive depression, retarded depression, sadness, sag, scratch, seam, sinkhole, slit, slough of despond, swallow hole, time period, trench, trough, unhappiness, vale, valley, wrinkle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*pres"sion\, n. [L. depressio: cf. F.
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 and depressions.

4. Humiliation; abasement, as of pride.

5. Dejection; despondency; lowness.

         In a great depression of spirit.      --Baker.

6. Diminution, as of trade, etc.; inactivity; dullness.

7. (Astron.) The angular distance of a celestial object below
   the horizon.

8. (Math.) The operation of reducing to a lower degree; --
   said of equations.

9. (Surg.) A method of operating for cataract; couching. See
   {Couch}, v. t., 8.

{Angle of depression} (Geod.), one which a descending line
   makes with a horizontal plane.

{Depression of the dewpoint} (Meteor.), the number of degrees
   that the dew-point is lower than the actual temperature of
   the atmosphere.

{Depression of the pole}, its apparent sinking, as the
   spectator goes toward the equator.

{Depression of the visible horizon}. (Astron.) Same as {Dip
   of the horizon}, under {Dip}.

Syn: Abasement; reduction; sinking; fall; humiliation;
     dejection; melancholy.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: To feel depressed in your dream, refers to your inability to make connections. You are unable to see the causes of your problems and consequences of your decisions.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Depression is the mental state of excessive sadness characterized by persistently low mood or extensive loss of pleasure and interest. To be considered a clinical condition, depression symptoms must have a duration of at least 2 weeks and include: decreases or sometimes increases in weight, agitated or sluggish activity, disturbance in sleep, appetite, and concentration.
Thesaurus Terms
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