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.
adj 1: causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war";
"a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate
winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days
of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy
weather" [syn: blue, dark, disconsolate, dismal,
dispiriting, gloomy, grim]
2: causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom; "a gloomy
outlook"; "gloomy news" [syn: depressive, gloomy, saddening]