De·press v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depressed p. pr. & vb. n. Depressing.]
1. To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes. “With lips depressed.”
2. To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.
3. To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were depressed.
4. To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as trade, commerce, etc.
5. To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to cheapen; to depreciate.
6. Math. To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
To depress the pole Naut., to cause the sidereal pole to appear lower or nearer the horizon, as by sailing toward the equator.
Syn: -- To sink; lower; abase; cast down; deject; humble; degrade; dispirit; discourage.
1. Pressed or forced down; lowed; sunk; dejected; dispirited; sad; humbled.
2. Bot. (a) Concave on the upper side; -- said of a leaf whose disk is lower than the border. (b) Lying flat; -- said of a stem or leaf which lies close to the ground.
3. Zool. Having the vertical diameter shorter than the horizontal or transverse; -- said of the bodies of animals, or of parts of the bodies.
adj 1: lower than previously; "the market is depressed"; "prices
are down" [syn: down(p)]
2: flattened downward as if pressed from above or flattened
along the dorsal and ventral surfaces
3: low in spirits; "lonely and blue in a strange city";
"depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and
resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his
defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted" [syn: blue,
dispirited, down(p), downcast, downhearted, down
in the mouth, low, low-spirited]
4: having the central portion lower than the margin; "a
depressed pustule" [syn: indented]