from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of deflating or the condition of being deflated.
- n. A persistent decrease in the level of consumer prices or a persistent increase in the purchasing power of money because of a reduction in available currency and credit.
- n. The erosion of soil by the wind.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act or instance of deflating.
- n. A decrease in the general price level, that is, in the nominal cost of goods and services as well as wages.
- n. An economic contraction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the act or process of deflating.
- n. a fall in the average prices of goods and services; -- usually associated with contraction of economic activity. Opposite of
inflation. Compare disinflation.
- n. the reduction of available credit or a contraction of economic activity resulting from or associated with a decline of prices.
- n. the act of letting the air out of something.
- n. the erosion of land structures such as sand or soil due to the action of wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of deflating.
- n. In geology, denudation by the action of the wind bearing solid particles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices
- n. the act of letting the air out of something
- n. (geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind
deflate + -ion. (Wiktionary)