|1.||the act of depressing or state of being depressed|
|2.||a depressed or sunken place or area|
|3.||a mental disorder characterized by extreme gloom, feelings of inadequacy, and inability to concentrate|
|4.||pathol an abnormal lowering of the rate of any physiological activity or function, such as respiration|
|5.||an economic condition characterized by substantial and protracted unemployment, low output and investment, etc; slump|
|6.||meteorol cyclone, Also called: low a large body of rotating and rising air below normal atmospheric pressure, which often brings rain|
|7.||Compare elevation (esp in surveying and astronomy) the angular distance of an object, celestial body, etc, below the horizontal plane through the point of observation|
depression de·pres·sion (dĭ-prěsh'ən)
The act of depressing or the state of being depressed.
A reduction in physiological vigor or activity.
A lowering in amount, degree, or position.
An inward displacement of a body part.
A hollow or sunken area.
The condition of feeling sad or despondent.
A psychotic or neurotic condition characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, and feelings of extreme sadness, dejection, and hopelessness.
|depression (dĭ-prěsh'ən) Pronunciation Key
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.