noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon b. the size of an angle of depression 2. an act of depressing or a state of being depressed: as a. a pressing down ; lowering b. (1) a state of feeling sad ; dejection (2) a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies c. (1) a reduction in activity, amount, quality, or force (2) a lowering of vitality or functional activity 3. a depressed place or part ; hollow 4. low 1b 5. a period of low general economic activity marked especially by rising levels of unemployment

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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