from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that depresses or is used to depress.
- n. An instrument used to depress a part: a tongue depressor.
- n. Any of various muscles that serve to draw down a part of the body.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Anything that depresses
- n. An instrument used to push something out of the way during an examination
- n. Any of several muscles that pull down
- n. Anything that lowers blood pressure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, presses down; an oppressor.
- n. A muscle that depresses or tends to draw down a part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who presses down; an oppressor.
- n. Pl. depressores (dep-re-sō′ rēz). In anatomy, a muscle that depresses or draws down: as, the depressor anguli oris (the muscle which draws down the corner of the mouth).
- n. 3. In surgery, an instrument like a curved spatula used for reducing or pushing a protruding part into place.
- n. In electricity, a device, consisting of a generator or other source of electromotive force, placed in the return circuit of an electric system and having the function of keeping the potential in that circuit approximately the same as that of the ground.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any skeletal muscle that draws a body part down
- n. a device used by physician to press a part down or aside
- n. any nerve whose activity tends to reduce the activity or tone of the body part it serves
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A doctor from India shoving a tongue depressor down my throat trying to acquire a sample, eventually giving up as my gag reflex was just too strong.
In December 2003, when Saddam Hussein was pulled out of his spider hole, the U.S. military offered as evidence of his capture a photograph showing the bearded dictator with a tongue depressor in his mouth.
It's a close-up of Ellen's face taped to a tongue depressor.
Alcohol is a shape-shifter, a mood-lifter, an undresser, and a depressor.
Personal preferences aside, electing a Democrat has turned out to be a traffic boost for the Right-oriented sites featured and a traffic depressor for the Left-oriented sites featured.
The helpless little guy was dropped into the beaker and held “underwater” with what appeared to be a tongue depressor.
The nail gun had a safety release in the form of a depressor on the muzzle.
It took me all of two minutes to figure out I could engage the muzzle depressor with a careful finger and pull the trigger, firing nails a good fifty yards.
“One tongue depressor at a time, Theresa,” he encourages me, wiping away my tears.
Bob Munden stuck some balloons up on a pepper-popper a flat metal target shaped something like a tongue depressor shoved through a small rubber ball at two hundred yards and then used a couple guns to pop them.