From Middle English depthe, from Old English *dīepþ (“depth”), from Proto-Germanic *diupiþō (“depth”), equivalent to deep + -th. Cognate with Scots deepth (“depth”), West Frisian djipte (“depth”), Dutch diepte (“depth”), Middle Low German dēpede (“depth”), Danish dybde (“depth”), Icelandic dýpt (“depth”), Gothic 𐌳𐌹𐌿𐍀𐌹𐌸𐌰 (diupiþa, “depth”).
depth (plural depths)
- The vertical distance below a surface; the amount that something is deep.
- Measure the depth of the water in this part of the bay.
- The distance between the front and the back, as the depth of a drawer or closet.
- (figuratively) The intensity, complexity, strength, seriousness or importance of an emotion, or situation.
- The depth of her misery was apparent to everyone.
- The depth of the crisis had been exaggerated.
- (computing, colors) The total palette of available colors.
- (art, photography) The property of appearing three-dimensional.
- The depth of field in this picture is amazing.
- (literary, usually plural) The deepest part. (Usually of a body of water.)
- The burning ship finally sunk into the depths.
- (literary, usually plural) A very remote part.
- Into the depths of the jungle...
- In the depths of the night,
- The most severe part.
- in the depth of the crisis.
- in the depths of winter.
- (statistics) The lower of the two ranks of a value in an ordered set of values.
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