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Dictionary definition for: Depression

1. (n) a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity

2. (n) a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment

3. (n) a sunken or depressed geological formation

4. (n) sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

5. (n) a time period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment

6. (n) an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation; "a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow"

7. (n) a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention

8. (n) a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

9. (n) angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

10. (n) pushing down; "depression of the space bar on the typewriter"

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