from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deeply set or placed: deep-set eyes.
  • adj. Deep-seated: deep-set hatred.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Set deeply below a surface, as on a face

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a sunken area.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Set deeply; fixed far downward or inward, as the eyes in their sockets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a sunken area


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  • Consider the recent uproar over Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -- the prepublication excerpt alone attracting over 1 million reads and 7,500 comments -- which reveals that Americans may be harboring a deep-set fear of other cultures and countries getting ahead, beating our system, "winning," so to say.

    Kate Otto: Winning the Future, Losing the Point?

  • During my visit, the city was drenched in seasonal rains, but it bathes year-round in a deep-set shabbiness.

    The Next Empire

  • The eyes themselves were small, deep-set, and close together.


  • Her eyes were larger than most of her kind, and they were not so deep-set, while the lashes were longer and more regular.


  • He was older than Saldis, as evidenced by lines around his deep-set eyes, and taller than Saldis by half a head.

    Star Trek The Next Generation®

  • Faint tendrils of smoke rose from white ash in the deep-set hearth.

    Fire The Sky

  • She looked at him as he slept, his squarish face with its heavy brows and deep-set eyes always made her think of the bust of a Roman senator she had seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was dressed in his usual denim shirt and khaki shorts.

    The Painter's Wife, a short story

  • Her oval face, taller than broad, with deep-set eyes, had a grace contrasting with her bright easy temperament.

    Excerpt: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

  • The deep-set little eyes, beaky nose, and small mouth were now surrounded by a great square of fat that seemed to press his features into the center of his head. . .

    Chasing justice in Henry VIII's England

  • Indicative of the U.S.'s deep-set problems, it isn't just avoiding a default scenario that would alleviate all the downward pressure on U.S. assets, said Scott Mather , head of global bond portfolio management at Pimco.

    Swiss Franc Gains Ground


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