AskDefine | Define depth

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1 extent downward or backward or inward; "the depth of the water"; "depth of a shelf"; "depth of a closet"
2 degree of psychological or intellectual depth
3 (usually plural) the deepest and most remote part; "from the depths of darkest Africa"; "signals received from the depths of space"
4 (usually plural) a low moral state; "he had sunk to the depths of addiction"
5 the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas [syn: astuteness, profundity, profoundness]

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  1. The vertical distance below a surface; the amount that something is deep.
    Measure the depth of the water in this part of the bay.
  2. The distance between the front and the back, as the depth of a drawer or closet.
  3. In the context of "figurative": The intensity, complexity, strength, seriousness or importance of an emotion, or situation.
    The depth of her misery was apparent to everyone.
    The depth of the crisis had been exaggerated.
  4. In the context of "computing|colors": The total palette of available colors.
  5. In the context of "art|photography": The property of appearing three-dimensional.
    The depth of field in this picture is amazing.

Related terms


vertical distance below a surface

Extensive Definition

The term Depth may refer to:
depth in German: tiefe
depth in French: Profondeur
depth in Portuguese: Profundidade
depth in Finnish: Syvyys
depth in Russian: Глубина

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