Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of depressing.
  • noun The condition of being depressed.
  • noun An area that is sunk below its surroundings; a hollow.
  • noun The condition of feeling sad or despondent.
  • noun A mood disorder characterized usually by anhedonia, extreme sadness, poor concentration, sleep problems, loss of appetite, and feelings of guilt, helplessness, and hopelessness.
  • noun A lowering or reduction, as.
  • noun A reduction in physiological vigor or activity.
  • noun A lowering in amount, degree, or position.
  • noun A period of drastic economic decline, characterized by decreasing aggregate output, falling prices, and rising unemployment.
  • noun A period of widespread poverty and high unemployment.
  • noun Meteorology A region of low barometric pressure.
  • noun The angular distance below the horizontal plane through the point of observation.
  • noun Astronomy The angular distance of a celestial body below the horizon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The difference between the low barometric pressure and the normal pressure for that locality; the departure of the pressure.
  • noun The act of pressing down, or the state of being pressed down. Specifically
  • noun In astronomy:
  • noun In gunnery, the lowering of the muzzle of a gun, corresponding to the raising of the breech.
  • noun In surgery, a kind of couching.
  • noun In music, the lowering or flatting of a tone: denoted in printed music by a ♭, or, after a ♯, by a ♯.
  • noun A hollow; a sinking or falling in of a surface; a forcing inward: as, roughness consisting in little protuberances and depressions; the depression of the skull.
  • noun Figuratively, the act of lowering or abasing: as, the depression of pride.
  • noun A sinking of the spirits; dejection; a state of sadness; want of courage or animation: as, depression of the mind.
  • noun A low state of strength; physical exhaustion.
  • noun A state of dullness or inactivity: as, depression of trade; commercial depression.
  • noun Humiliation, fall.
  • noun Melancholy, despondency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of depressing.
  • noun The state of being depressed; a sinking.
  • noun A falling in of the surface; a sinking below its true place; a cavity or hollow.
  • noun Humiliation; abasement, as of pride.
  • noun Dejection; despondency; lowness.
  • noun Diminution, as of trade, etc.; inactivity; dullness.
  • noun (Astron.) The angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon.
  • noun (Math.) The operation of reducing to a lower degree; -- said of equations.
  • noun (Surg.) A method of operating for cataract; couching. See Couch, v. t., 8.
  • noun (Geod.) one which a descending line makes with a horizontal plane.
  • noun (Meteor.) the number of degrees that the dew-point is lower than the actual temperature of the atmosphere.
  • noun its apparent sinking, as the spectator goes toward the equator.
  • noun (Astron.) Same as Dip of the horizon, under Dip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun geography an area that is lower in topography than its surroundings
  • noun psychology in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future
  • noun psychology in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a period of unhappiness or low morale which lasts longer than several weeks and may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or suicide
  • noun meteorology an area of lowered air pressure that generally brings moist weather, sometimes promoting hurricanes and tornadoes
  • noun economics a period of major economic contraction;
  • noun economics, US Four consecutive quarters of negative, real GDP growth. See NBER.
  • noun biology, physiology a lowering, in particular a reduction in a particular biological variable or the function of an organ, in contrast to elevation

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

  • noun a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin depressio.

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  • There is a difference between being depressed and being dead: One is preferable." (The efficiency of giving people their choice of two possibilities is that they'll take one of them.) --Jan Cox

    April 6, 2007

  • Super Mario: Depression

    November 23, 2008

  • ...Some economists require a fall in GDP of 10 per cent or more before a recession would be referred to as a depression (see Wikipedia article on Depression (economics).

    It would seem a depression hasn't been defined in the same way a recession has.

    January 24, 2009

  • ...Some economists require a fall in GDP of 10 per cent or more before a recession would be referred to as a depression (see Wikipedia article on Depression (economics).

    It would seem a depression hasn't been defined in the same way a recession has.

    January 24, 2009