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Definitions of depression

  1. a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention
  2. an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation; " a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow"
  3. pushing down; " depression of the space bar on the typewriter"
  4. sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  5. a sunken or depressed geological formation
  6. a time period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment
  7. angular distance below the horizon ( especially of a celestial object)
  8. a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; " he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"
  9. a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
  10. a long- term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
  11. The act of depressing.
  12. The state of being depressed; a sinking.
  13. A falling in of the surface; a sinking below its true place; a cavity or hollow; as, roughness consists in little protuberances and depressions.
  14. Humiliation; abasement, as of pride.
  15. Dejection; despondency; lowness.
  16. Diminution, as of trade, etc.; inactivity; dullness.
  17. The angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon.
  18. A method of operating for cataract; couching. See Couch, v. t., 8.
  19. The operation of reducing to a lower degree; - said of equations.
  20. Depressive states usually of moderate intensity in contrast with major depression present in neurotic and psychotic disorders.
  21. Depressor.
  22. The act of making lower; the sinking or falling in of a surface; low spirits; dulness of trade; as, business depression.
  23. 1. A sinking below the surrounding level. 2. A hollow or sunken area. 3. Dejection, a sinking of spirits.
  24. A hollow; melancholia.
  25. A falling in or sinking: a hollow: abasement: dejection.
  26. Act of depressing; lowness; hollow; dejection.
  27. Depressive.
  28. The act of depressing, or the state of being depressed; low spirits or vitality; dejection; melancholy.
  29. That which is depressed; a low or hollow place.
  30. The act of depressing; state of being depressed; a hollow; a low state; the act of humbling; a sinking of the spirits; a low state of strength, or of business; the angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon; the pointing of any piece of ordnance, so that its shot may be projected under the point- blank line; couching. Depression of the pole, its approach to the horizon, as the spectator recedes from it toward the equator. The depression of an equation, the reduction of the equation to one of lower dimensious.
  31. A hollow the sinking in of a part of a surface; a sinking of the spirits; a low state of trade or business.
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Quotes of depression

  1. I didn't feel the Depression at all. I always had a pocketful of money. – Walter Annenberg
  2. I'm what you call a Depression sailor. – Ernest Borgnine
  3. Many people think that depression is something you just have to live with when you get older, but it's not. – Tom Bosley
  4. We have had a great depression in agriculture, caused mainly by several seasons of bad harvests, and some of our traders have suffered much from a too rapid extension in prosperous years. – John Bright
  5. Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self -esteem. – David D. Burns
  6. Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one's taking. – Doug Coupland
  7. If you suffer from depression anything that makes you feel has to the most important thing in your life, because it's the only thing that can save you. – Siobhan Fahey
  8. I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him. – Herbert Hoover
  9. Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself. – Herbert Hoover
  10. I use the music to vent, and a lot of the stuff that I am writing about or was writing about contained a lot of anger and anxiety, stress and depression so that's how the album came out so dark. – Vanilla Ice
  11. Examples one finds in the philosophical literature are somebody who's seen the trial of a child of theirs, where they're being proved guilty of some crime that would drive the parent into a depression maybe a suicidal depression – Robert Nozick
  12. Thus, the use of fiat money is more justifiable in financing a depression than in financing a war. – Carroll Quigley
  13. We did a show called The Orphan Train, during the depression when families didn't have enough money to support their children, they'd put them on the train and hope someone would pick them up who had enough money to support their children. – Robert Stack
  14. In spite of the Depression or maybe because of it, folks were hungry for a good time, and an evening of dancing seemed a good way to have it. – Lawrence Welk
  15. That's the thing about depression A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key. – Elizabeth Wurtzel

Usage examples for depression

  1. The millions spent here, have been well employed; and we can safely say that- but for the unfortunate fact that during the time of the exposition, we were passing through a season of unusual financial depression the attendance at the World's Fair would have been much larger. – By Water to the Columbian Exposition by Johanna S. Wisthaler
  2. She was cross and felt a great depression settling over her. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  3. That's just what I want you to do- Only, she added, hanging her head in depression I shouldn't know what to answer. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. To advance was impossible; each depression in the veldt was a sheet of water, in places inches deep. – On the Heels of De Wet by The Intelligence Officer
  5. And his depression grew as he brought the car around. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  6. Stephen was suddenly conscious of fatigue, and a depression as of great weariness. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  7. On the contrary, his character had regained its tone after weeks of depression – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  8. A day of hopeless looking forward and of depression – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  9. In accordance with the sentiment here half concealed, Brookfield soon showed that it had risen from the hour of depression when it had simply done its duty. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. For a moment they could not tell, yet a cloud of depression was there; and then, alas! – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  11. When the evening mail came and brought no letter, she found it hard indeed not to yield to deep depression – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  12. A little later we find Godwin writing to Mary, himself in depression – Mrs. Shelley by Lucy M. Rossetti
  13. With a companion of another temperament Elinor could easily have passed moments of depression – The Pines of Lory by John Ames Mitchell
  14. Then he sprang to his feet, a brighter youth than ever, his depression melted like a cloud. – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  15. The opening of the year 1826 was one of general financial depression – Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern
  16. In a work of this general character, and in an impartial exposition of the phenomena of nature, we must not overlook the 'possibility' of a diminution of the quantity of water, and a constant depression of the level of seas. – COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1 by Alexander von Humboldt
  17. Before long the depression which had made her life miserable had fled and she was enjoying herself. – The Trail to Yesterday by Charles Alden Seltzer
  18. For a moment they scanned the little depression from behind sheltering bowlders, but when they had satisfied themselves that it was empty they advanced across it. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  19. We felt, therefore, a depression of spirits we had never known in our previous journeyings, and it was still more increased by the thought that we might fall in with those Circassians whose very name strikes terror into the Russians. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  20. But he did not so easily recover from his depression – The Flag by Homer Greene