[dih-presh-uh n] /dɪˈprɛʃ ən/
the act of .
the state of being .
a or sunken place or part; an area lower than the surrounding surface.
sadness; gloom; dejection.
Psychiatry. a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.
dullness or inactivity, as of trade.
Economics. a period during which business, employment, and stock-market values decline severely or remain at a very low level of activity.
the Depression, .
Pathology. a low state of vital powers or functional activity.
Astronomy. the angular distance of a celestial body below the horizon; negative altitude.
Surveying. the angle between the line from an observer or instrument to an object below either of them and a horizontal line.
Physical Geography. an area completely or mostly surrounded by higher land, ordinarily having interior drainage and not conforming to the valley of a single stream.
Meteorology. an area of low atmospheric pressure.
the act of depressing or state of being depressed
a depressed or sunken place or area
a mental disorder characterized by extreme gloom, feelings of inadequacy, and inability to concentrate
(pathol) an abnormal lowering of the rate of any physiological activity or function, such as respiration
an economic condition characterized by substantial and protracted unemployment, low output and investment, etc; slump
(meteorol) Also called cyclone, low. a large body of rotating and rising air below normal atmospheric pressure, which often brings rain
(esp in surveying and astronomy) the angular distance of an object, celestial body, etc, below the horizontal plane through the point of observation Compare elevation (sense 11)
the Depression, the worldwide economic depression of the early 1930s, when there was mass unemployment Also known as the Great Depression, the Slump
late 14c. as a term in astronomy, from Old French depression (14c.) or directly from Latin depressionem (nominative depressio), noun of action from past participle stem of deprimere “to press down, depress” (see depress).
Attested from 1650s in the literal sense; meaning “dejection, depression of spirits” is from early 15c. (as a clinical term in psychology, from 1905); meteorological sense is from 1881 (in reference to barometric pressure); meaning “a lowering or reduction in economic activity” was in use by 1826; given a specific application (with capital D-) by 1934 to the one that began worldwide in 1929. For “melancholy, depression” an Old English word was grevoushede.
depression de·pres·sion (dĭ-prěsh’ən)
A period of drastic decline in the national economy, characterized by decreasing business activity, falling prices, and unemployment. The best known of such periods is the Great Depression, which occurred in the 1930s.
[pohst-di-tur-muh-ner] /ˌpoʊst dɪˈtɜr mə nər/ noun, Grammar. 1. a member of a subclass of English adjectival words, including ordinal and cardinal numbers, that may be placed after an article or other and before a descriptive adjective, as first and three in the first three new chapters.
adj. also post-diluvial, 1823, from post- + diluvial. Earlier was postdiluvian (1670s).
[pohst-di-loo-vee-uh n] /ˌpoʊst dɪˈlu vi ən/ adjective 1. existing or occurring after the Biblical Flood. noun 2. a person who lived after the Biblical Flood. /ˌpəʊstdɪˈluːvɪən; -daɪ-/ adjective 1. existing or occurring after the biblical Flood noun 2. a person or thing existing after the biblical Flood
[pohst-dok] /poʊstˈdɒk/ Informal. noun 1. a award or scholar. adjective 2. .