To depress the pole
Depress De*press", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Depressing}.] [L. depressus, p. p. of deprimere; de- + premere to press. See {Press}.] 1. To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes. ``With lips depressed.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride. [1913 Webster]

3. To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were depressed. [1913 Webster]

4. To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as trade, commerce, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to cheapen; to depreciate. [1913 Webster]

6. (Math.) To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree. [1913 Webster]

{To depress the pole} (Naut.), to cause the sidereal pole to appear lower or nearer the horizon, as by sailing toward the equator.

Syn: To sink; lower; abase; cast down; deject; humble; degrade; dispirit; discourage. [1913 Webster]


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