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Depression is a member of the word family depress, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun depression

What does depression mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: depressions

  1. a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
  2. a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of depression: economic crisis / slump
    • more generic terms: crisis = an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; economic condition = the condition of the economy
    • instance: Great Depression = the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
  3. a sunken or depressed geological formation
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of depression: natural depression
    • more generic terms: formation / geological formation = the geological features of the earth
    • more specific terms:
      • basin = a natural depression in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it
      • bottom / bed = a depression forming the ground under a body of water
      • crater = a bowl-shaped depression formed by the impact of a meteorite or bomb
      • hollow / hole = a depression hollowed out of solid matter
      • lowland = low level country
      • swallow hole / sinkhole / sink = a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof
      • oceanic abyss / trench / deep = a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
      • trough = a narrow depression
      • valley / vale = a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
  4. sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  5. a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of Depression: Great Depression
    • instance of: age / historic period = an era of history having some distinctive feature
  6. an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of depression: low
    • more generic term: air mass = a large body of air with uniform characteristics horizontally
    • part of: cyclone = rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low pressure center
  7. a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention
  8. a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
  9. angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic term: angular position = relation by which any position with respect to any other position is established
  10. pushing down
    • example: depression of the space bar on the typewriter
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: push / pushing = the act of applying force in order to move something away
    • more specific terms: mouse click / click = depression of a button on a computer mouse

Specialised definition of the noun depression

Glossary of sports

a psychiatric disorder showing symptoms such as persistent feelings of hopelessness, dejection, poor concentration, lack of energy, inability to sleep and, sometimes, suicidal tendencies (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the act of lowering a limb (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Depression is a musical group.
    • albums: "Chronische Depression", "Das Relikt", "Zur Stille Finden / Live in the Morgue"
    • official website:
  2. Depression is a musical group.
    • albums: "Ultra Hard Core Mega Heavy Punk Metal Thrash", "Thrash Till Death: Studio Tapes"
  3. Depression is a musical group.
    • album: "Daymare"
  4. Depression is a musical group.
    • album: "Moderne"

There are other groups with in their name, like Joint Depression, Manic Depression, Fitz of Depression, Lord of Depression, Teenage Depression, Tropical Depression, Nocturnal Depression, Nostalgie Depression, The Great Depression and Widespread Depression Jazz Orchestra.


  1. "Depression" is a composition.
  2. "Depression" is a musical EP of Grief.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  3. "Depression" is a musical album of Poltergeist.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  4. "Depression" a.k.a. "Dépression" is a musical album of Abhorre.
  5. "Depression" is a composition.
  6. "Depression" is a musical album of Klang Ruinen.
    • released on
  7. "Depression" is a musical album of R.E.T..
    • released in (20 years ago)
  8. "Depression" is a musical single of Lidiaana.
    • released on


  1. "Depression" is a book by Aaron T. Beck.
    • also known as "Depression: causes and treatment"; "Depression: clinical, experimental, and theoretical aspects"; Depression: clinical, experimental, and theoretical aspects
  2. "Depression" is a book by Dorothy Rowe.
    • also known as "Depression: the way out of your prison"; "Depression the way out of your prison"; "Depression, the way out of your prison"; Depression, the way out of your prison


  1. Depression a.k.a. Valley: A valley is a low area between hills, often with a river running through it.
    • also known as Valleys
  2. Depression: A depression in geology is a landform sunken or depressed below the surrounding area. Depressions may be formed by various mechanisms.
  3. Depression - one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders - is being diagnosed in increasing numbers in various segments of the population worldwide. Depression in the United States alone affects 17.6 million Americans each year or 1 in 6 people. Depressed patients are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and suicide. Within the next twenty years depression is expected to become the second leading cause of disability worldwide and the leading cause in high-income nations, including the United States. In approximately 75% of completed suicides the individuals had seen a physician within the prior year before their death, 45%-66% within the prior month. Approximately 33% - 41% of those who completed suicide had contact with mental health services in the prior year, 20% within the prior month.
  4. Depression in physiology and medicine refers to a lowering, in particular a reduction in a particular biological variable or the function of an organ. It is in contrast to elevation.
  5. Depression: Als Depression bezeichnet man in der Anatomie das Niederziehen einer Struktur. Muskeln mit der Funktion als „Niederzieher“ nennt man Depressoren.

Phrases with Depression

  1. Depression Crayfish
  2. great depression
  3. manic depression
  4. natural depression
  5. agitated depression
  6. clinical depression
  7. neurotic depression
  8. reactive depression
  9. retarded depression
  10. Tropical Depression
  11. unipolar depression
  12. anaclitic depression
  13. dysthymic depression
  14. exogenous depression
  15. Postnatal Depression
  16. psychotic depression
  17. endogenous depression
  18. Postpartum depression
  19. involutional depression

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Depression

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Google previewMan & Woman (2012)

by Sree Sree Mentu Maharaj

Depression is the condition of mind and heart with a lack of joy due to complete contraction of the self.

Depression is a type of ghost, created by passion and emotion, the world of attraction and repulsion, the icy hand of Maya or illusion.

Google previewCardiovascular Benefits of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (2007)

by B. Maisch, R. Oelze

Depression is a potentially life-threatening disease.

As omega-3 fatty acids have been demonstrated to also beneficially influence many of the conditions depression is a risk...

Depression is the main risk factor for committing suicide, with approximately 10% of subjects with recurrent depressive disorder dying of it [ 1].

Google previewBrody's Human Pharmacology (2009)

by Lynn Wecker, Stephanie Watts, Carl Faingold, George Dunaway, Lynn Crespo

Depression is a heterogeneous disorder that involves bodily functions, moods, and thoughts and is characterized by feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, and worthlessness; disturbances in sleep and appetite; fatigue and loss of interest in daily ...

Google previewConquering Infertility (2004)

Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Inferti lity by Alice D. Domar, Alice Lesch Kelly

Depression is a debilitating illness that affects you physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. It can disrupt...

Google previewCircles of Madness

by wena indlovu

Mood Disorders The term Mood Disorder is the general name for illnesses where depression is a significant factor. Mood disorders are similar to normal reactions to everyday life, except in mood disorders the symptoms are more drastic and ...

Google previewA Nurse's Guide to Women's Mental Health (2012)

by Michele R. Davidson, PhD, CNM, CFN, RN

In countries such as the Ukraine, where hunger and unemployment are widespread, depression is the leading cause of mental illness. It appears stigma from mental illness is a worldwide phenomenon that crosses all borders. In developing ...

Google previewPrinciples and Practice of Radiation Therapy (2015)

by Charles M. Washington, Dennis T. Leaver

Depression is the second most common affective response in cancer patients.

Google previewThe Philosophy of Psychiatry (2004)

A Companion by Jennifer Radden

Depression is the leading cause for disability worldwide (NIMH 2001).

Google previewUndoing Depression (2010)

What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You by Richard O'Connor

The Self DEPRESSION IS A LOSS of parts of the self. Instead of experiencing our...

Google previewThe Omaha Clinic (1893)

Depression is a condition in which the powers of the system or of the part, as the case may be, are kept down by the presence of some force. Exhaustion is the...

Google previewNOC and NIC Linkages to NANDA-I and Clinical Conditions (2011)

Nursing Diagnosis, Outcomes, and Inverventions by Marion Johnson, Gloria M. Bulechek, Joanne M. McCloskey Dochterman, Meridean L. Maas, Sue Moorhead, Elizabeth Swanson, Howard K. Butcher

Depression is the oldest and most common psychiatric condition (Stuart, 2009) and debilitating illness associated with significant distress, changes of social and occupational functioning, and increased risks for mortality and other medical ...

Google previewPathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant (2011)

by Catherine C. Goodman, Kenda S. Fuller

Depression is the most commonly seen mood disorder within a therapy practice, often associated with other physical illnesses (Box E2-8) and psychologic conditions. Depression is a normal response to (not a cause of) pain and may ...

Google previewThe American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology (1913)

by Casey Albert Wood

Depression was almost universally practised for the removal of the obstructing membrane. Many claimed that discission, when done, was merely an aid to depression. Galen, however, recommended discission for the removal of cataract in the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

Depression is characterized by feelings of low self-esteem, pessimism, and despair. It can range from a transient “low mood” to a potentially life-threatening, severe clinical depression. Signs and Symptoms Clinical depression is more than ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Laos (2008)

by Martin Stuart-Fox

~ ECONOMIC DEPRESSION ECONOMIC DEPRESSION. The Great Depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s affected French colonies in Indochina just as it did the rest of the world. As the price of rice and other agricultural products ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Medical Terminology, Dental Surgery, and the Collateral Sciences (1867)

by Chapin Aaron Harris, Ferdinand James Samuel Gorgas

The depression in which the tonsil is lodged. Foss A AMYNTAE. A double-headed bandage used in fractures of the nose. Foss A CEREBEL'LI. The inferior occipital fossa.

Google previewLexicon of Psychiatry, Neurology, and the Neurosciences (2000)

by Frank J. Ayd

BDI Beck Depression Inventory BEHAVE-AD Behavioral Pathology in Alzheimer's Disease ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2014)

by Roger J.R. Levesque

More specifically, maternal depression has been associated with different types of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

Approximately 50% of older adults who are hospitalized for medical illnesses or receiving long-term care experience clinically significant depression ( Alexopoulos, 2005). older adults are vulnerable to depression for a number of reasons.

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Quotes about Depression

Depression is a feeling,
That you get inside of your heart.
Depression is a place that hurts...
Depression is something that you cannot get passed..... (Amber Burkett)
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Scrabble value of D2E1P3R1E1S1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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