1 distance from top to bottom or from back to front; deep part of sth
considerable, great

species that live at considerable depth

They go down to great depths below the surface.

soil, water

Water normally moves more slowly at shallower depths.

abyssal (technical)

the abyssal depths of the ocean

black, dark, murky

The ship's mast finally disappeared into the watery depths.

plumb, plunge into, reach
at depth

The camera must be strong enough to resist the immense water pressure at depth.

at a depth of, from a depth of, to a depth of

These fish are found at a depth of over 300 feet.

at a … depth, from a … depth, to a … depth

The clam burrows in the sand to a considerable depth.

out of your depth (BrE)

I don't like going out of my depth in the sea.

the depths, the depths of the ocean, the depths of the sea (esp. BrE)

sharks lurking in the murky depths

the ocean depths
2 of feelings, knowledge, etc.
considerable, great

Younger students cannot be expected to have great depth of understanding.

black, dark

the dark depths of despair

hidden, unexpected

I suspect she has hidden depths.

the unexpected depth of his feelings for her


music of great emotional depth

plumb, plunge to, reach

The story plumbed the depths of tabloid journalism.


It lacks the complexity or depth of his best movies.

add, give, provide
reveal, show

Her paintings reveal hidden depths.

in depth

I studied phonology in depth at college.

out of your depth

The writer seems a little out of her depth when dealing with the emotional issue involved.

depths of

The rejection plunged her into the dark depths of despair.

depth of emotion, depth of feeling

The demonstration showed the depth of feeling against the war.

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