What is depression?

  • (noun): Pushing down.
    Example: "Depression of the space bar on the typewriter"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on depression:

Depression - Other
... Depression (geology), a landform sunken or depressed below the surrounding area Depression (weather), an area of low atmospheric pressure characterised by rain and unstable weather ...

More definitions of "depression":

  • (noun): An air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation.
    Synonyms: low, low pressure
  • (noun): A mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity.
  • (noun): A long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment.
    Synonyms: slump, economic crisis
  • (noun): A concavity in a surface produced by pressing.
    Synonyms: impression, imprint
  • (noun): Sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy.
  • (noun): Angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object).

Famous quotes containing the word depression:

    In the larger view the major forces of the depression now lie outside of the United States, and our recuperation has been retarded by the unwarranted degree of fear and apprehension created by these outside forces.
    Herbert Hoover (1874–1964)

    Someone is always at my elbow reminding me that I am the grand-daughter of slaves. It fails to register depression with me. Slavery is sixty years in the past. The operation was successful and the patient is doing well, thank you. The terrible struggle that made me an American out of a potential slave said “On the line!” The Reconstruction said “Go!” I am off to a flying start and I must not halt in the stretch to look behind and weep.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

    Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.
    Johan Huizinga (1872–1945)