Meaning of DEEP in English

— deepness , n.

/deep/ , adj. deeper, deepest , n., adv., deeper, deepest .


1. extending far down from the top or surface: a deep well; a deep valley.

2. extending far in or back from the front or from an edge, surface, opening, etc., considered as the front: a deep shelf.

3. extending far in width; broad: deep lace; a deep border.

4. ranging far from the earth and sun: a deep space probe.

5. having a specified dimension in depth: a tank 8 feet deep.

6. covered or immersed to a specified depth (often used in combination): standing knee-deep in water.

7. having a specified width or number of items from front to back (often used in combination): shelves that are 10 inches deep; cars lined up at the entrance gates three-deep.

8. extending or cutting far down relative to the surface of a given object: The knife made a deep scar in the table.

9. situated far down, in, or back: deep below the surface; deep in the woods.

10. reaching or advancing far down: a deep dive.

11. coming from far down: a deep breath.

12. made with the body bent or lowered to a considerable degree: a deep bow.

13. immersed or submerged in or heavily covered with (fol. by in ): a road deep in mud.

14. difficult to penetrate or understand; abstruse: a deep allegory.

15. not superficial; profound: deep thoughts.

16. grave or serious: deep disgrace.

17. heartfelt; sincere: deep affections.

18. absorbing; engrossing: deep study.

19. great in measure; intense; extreme: deep sorrow.

20. sound and heavy; profound: deep sleep.

21. (of colors) dark and vivid: a deep red.

22. low in pitch, as sound, a voice, or the like: deep, sonorous tones.

23. having penetrating intellectual powers: a deep scholar.

24. profoundly cunning or artful: a deep and crafty scheme.

25. mysterious; obscure: deep, dark secrets.

26. immersed or involved; enveloped: a man deep in debt.

27. absorbed; engrossed: deep in thought.

28. Baseball. relatively far from home plate: He hit the ball into deep center field.

29. Ling. belonging to an early stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence; belonging to the deep structure.

30. go off the deep end ,

a. to enter upon a course of action with heedless or irresponsible indifference to consequences.

b. to become emotionally overwrought.

31. in deep water ,

a. in difficult or serious circumstances; in trouble.

b. in a situation beyond the range of one's capability or skill: You're a good student, but you'll be in deep water in medical school.


32. the deep part of a body of water, esp. an area of the ocean floor having a depth greater than 18,000 ft. (5400 m).

33. a vast extent, as of space or time.

34. the part of greatest intensity, as of winter.

35. Naut. any of the unmarked levels, one fathom apart, on a deep-sea lead line. Cf. mark 1 (def. 20).

36. the deep , Chiefly Literary. the sea or ocean: He was laid to rest in the deep.


37. to or at a considerable or specified depth: The boat rode deep in the water.

38. far on in time: He claimed he could see deep into the future.

39. profoundly; intensely.

40. Baseball. at or to a deep place or position: The outfielders played deep, knowing the batter's reputation as a slugger.

41. in deep ,

a. inextricably involved.

b. having made or committed oneself to make a large financial investment.

[ bef. 900; ME dep, OE deop; akin to Goth diups, ON djupr, OHG tiof ]

Syn. 14. recondite, mysterious, obscure, profound. 23. sagacious, wise, profound, shrewd.

Ant. 1, 10, 15-17, 23. shallow.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .