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  • Generally, an area that is lower, either in topography or pressure, than the surrounding area.
  • In Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • a state of mind which results in a serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inablility to visualize a happy future
  • a period of feeling "the blues" which lasts longer than several weeks and may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or suicide.
  • In Meteorology an area of lowered air pressure that generally brings moist weather
  • (Hurricanes and tornadoes occur in in areas of very low air pressure)
  • a period of time where an economy suffers E.G the great depression (US history)

  • depression (1,2)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

De*pres"sion (?), n. [L. depressio: cf. F. dépression.] 1. The act of depressing.

2. The state of being depressed; a sinking.

3. A falling in of the surface; a sinking below its true place; a cavity or hollow; as, roughness consists in little protuberances and depressions.

4. Humiliation; abasement, as of pride.

5. Dejection; despondency; lowness.

In a great depression of spirit.

6. Diminution, as of trade, etc.; inactivity; dullness.

7. (Astron.) The angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon.

8. (Math.) The operation of reducing to a lower degree; -- said of equations.

9. (Surg.) A method of operating for cataract; couching. See Couch, v. t., 8.

Angle of depression(Geod.), one which a descending line makes with a horizontal plane. -- Depression of the dewpoint(Meteor.), the number of degrees that the dew-point is lower than the actual temperature of the atmosphere. -- Depression of the pole, its apparent sinking, as the spectator goes toward the equator. -- Depression of the visible horizon. (Astron.)Same as Dip of the horizon, under Dip.

Syn. -- Abasement; reduction; sinking; fall; humiliation; dejection; melancholy.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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