I. adjective Etymology: Middle English dep, from Old English dēop; akin to Old High German tiof deep, Old English dyppan to dip — more at dip Date: before 12th century 1. extending far from some surface or area: as a. extending far downward <
a deep well
b. (1) extending well inward from an outer surface <
a deep gash
a deep-chested animal
(2) not located superficially within the body <
deep pressure receptors in muscles
c. extending well back from a surface accepted as front <
a deep closet
d. extending far laterally from the center <
deep borders of lace
e. occurring or located near the outer limits of the playing area <
hit to deep right field
f. thrown deep <
a deep pass
2. having a specified extension in an implied direction usually downward or backward <
a shelf 20 inches deep
cars parked three-deep
3. a. difficult to penetrate or comprehend ; recondite <
deep mathematical problems
b. mysterious, obscure <
a deep dark secret
c. grave in nature or effect <
in deepest disgrace
d. of penetrating intellect ; wise <
a deep thinker
e. intensely engrossed or immersed <
she was deep in her book
f. characterized by profundity of feeling or quality <
a deep sleep
; also deep-seated <
deep religious beliefs
4. a. of color high in saturation and low in lightness b. having a low musical pitch or pitch range <
a deep voice
5. a. situated well within the boundaries <
a house deep in the woods
b. remote in time or space c. being below the level of consciousness <
deep neuroses
d. covered, enclosed, or filled to a specified degree — usually used in combination <
ankle-deep in mud
6. large <
deep discounts
7. having many good players <
a deep bull pen
Synonyms: see broaddeeply adverbdeepness noun II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. to a great depth ; deeply <
still waters run deep
2. far on ; late <
danced deep into the night
3. a. near the outer limits of the playing area <
the shortstop was playing deep
b. long 6 III. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. a vast or immeasurable extent ; abyss b. (1) the extent of surrounding space or time (2) ocean 2. any of the deep portions of a body of water; specifically a generally long and narrow area in the ocean where the depth exceeds 3000 fathoms (5500 meters) 3. the middle or most intense part <
the deep of winter
4. any of the fathom points on a sounding line other than the marks

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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