Meaning of DEPTH in English

DEPTH

/ depθ; NAmE / noun

MEASUREMENT

1.

[ C , U ] the distance from the top or surface to the bottom of sth :

What's the depth of the water here?

Water was found at a depth of 30 metres.

They dug down to a depth of two metres.

Many dolphins can dive to depths of 200 metres.

The oil well extended several hundreds of feet in depth .

the depth of a cut / wound / crack

2.

[ C , U ] the distance from the front to the back of sth :

The depth of the shelves is 30 centimetres.

—picture at dimension

OF FEELINGS

3.

[ U ] the strength and power of feelings :

the depth of her love

OF KNOWLEDGE

4.

[ U ] ( approving ) the quality of knowing or understanding a lot of details about sth; the ability to provide and explain these details :

a writer of great wisdom and depth

a job that doesn't require any great depth of knowledge

His ideas lack depth.

DEEPEST PART

5.

[ C , usually pl. ] the deepest, most extreme or serious part of sth :

the depths of the ocean

to live in the depths of the country (= a long way from a town)

in the depths of winter (= when it is coldest)

She was in the depths of despair

He gazed into the depths of her eyes.

Her paintings reveal hidden depths (= unknown and interesting things about her character) .

OF COLOUR

6.

[ U ] the strength of a colour :

Strong light will affect the depth of colour of your carpets and curtains.

PICTURE / PHOTOGRAPH

7.

[ U ] ( technical ) the quality in a work of art or a photograph which makes it appear not to be flat

—see also deep

IDIOMS

- in depth

- be out of your depth

—more at plumb verb

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from deep + -th , on the pattern of pairs such as long , length .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.