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Meaning of deep by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English dēop


    • enPR: dēp, IPA: /diːp/, SAMPA: /di:p/
    • Rhymes: -iːp


    deep ( comparative deeper, superlative deepest )

    1. ( of a hole, water, ravine, cut, etc ) Having its bottom far down .
    2. Profound, having great meaning or import, but possibly obscure or not obvious .
      That is a deep thought
    3. Seriously or to a significant extent, not superficial .
      I just meant to help out a little, but now I'm deep into it
      They're deep in discussion
      I feel it deep in my heart
    4. In extent in a direction away from the observer .
      The shelves are 30cm deep
    5. Thick in a vertical direction .
      That cyclist's deep chest allows him to draw more air
      There was a deep layer of soot over the window
    6. Voluminous
      to take a deep breath / sigh / drink
    7. ( sound, voice ) Low in pitch
      She has a very deep contralto
    8. ( of a color ) Dark and highly saturated .
      That's a very deep shade of blue
    9. ( cricket, baseball ): of a fielding position near the boundary, or closer to the boundary than one being compared to .
      He is fielding at deep mid wicket .
    10. a long way inside
      deep into the forest
    11. ( sports, soccer, tennis ) A long way forward
      a deep volley
    12. in a number of rows or layers
      A crowd three deep along the funeral procession
    13. ( sleep ) difficult to awake
      in a deep sleep
    14. right into one's mind
      He looked deep into her eyes
    15. with a lot of
      deep in debt
    16. ( US football ) Relatively farther downfield .
    17. ( horse racing ) three deep .
      Cigar Pal broke a bit slow, trailed by more than seven lengths after a half-mile, swung three deep into the stretch, rallied from eighth to make up more than four lengths and was nosed out six furlongs on the turf. ( Greg Melikov on http://www.sportsbook.com )



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    deep ( comparative more deep, superlative most deep )

    1. deeply


    deep ( uncountable )

    1. ( literary, with "the" ) ( meaning 1 above ) part of a lake, sea, etc .
      creatures of the deep
    2. ( US ) ( rare ) The deep ( meaning 2 above ) part of a problem .
    3. ( with "the" ): the sea, the ocean
    4. ( cricket ) A fielding position near the boundary .
      Russell is a safe pair of hands in the deep

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Explanation of deep by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to a great depth

    2. dived deeply
      dug deep
    3. to a great distance

    4. penetrated deep into enemy territory
      went deep into the woods
    5. to an advanced time

    6. deep into the night
    1. exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy

    2. deep political machinations
      a deep plot
    3. strong

    4. deep purple
    5. very distant in time or space

    6. deep in the past
      deep in enemy territory
      deep in the woods
      a deep space probe
    7. having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center

    8. a deep well; surrounded by a deep yard; hit the ball to deep center field; in deep space; waist-deep
      a deep dive
      deep water
      a deep casserole
      a deep gash
      deep massage
      deep pressure receptors in muscles
      deep shelves
      a deep closet
    9. relatively deep or strong

    10. a deep breath
      a deep sigh
      deep concentration
      deep emotion
      a deep trance
      in a deep sleep
    11. difficult to penetrate

    12. a deep metaphysical theory
    13. of an obscure nature

    14. a deep dark secret
    15. with head or back bent low

    16. a deep bow
    17. having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range

    18. a deep voice
    19. large in quantity or size

    20. deep cuts in the budget
    21. extreme

    22. in deep trouble
      deep happiness
    23. ( of darkness ) very intense

    24. a face in deep shadow
      deep night
    25. marked by depth of thinking

    26. deep thoughts
      a deep allegory
    27. relatively thick from top to bottom

    28. deep carpets
      deep snow
    29. extending relatively far inward

    30. a deep border
    1. literary term for an ocean

    2. denizens of the deep
    3. a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor

    4. the central and most intense or profound part

    5. in the deep of night
      in the deep of winter

    Definition of deep by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Deep ( dēp ), a. [Compar. Deeper ( dēpẽr ); superl. Deepest ( dēpĕst ).] [OE. dep, deop, AS. deóp; akin to D. diep, G. tief, Icel. djūpr, Sw. diup, Dan. dyb, Goth. diups; fr. the root of E. dip, dive. See Dip, Dive.]
      1. Extending far below the surface; of great perpendicular dimension ( measured from the surface downward, and distinguished from high, which is measured upward ); far to the bottom; having a certain depth; as, “a deep sea”.

      The water where the brook is deep. Shak.

      2. Extending far back from the front or outer part; of great horizontal dimension ( measured backward from the front or nearer part, mouth, etc. ); as, “a deep cave or recess or wound; a gallery ten seats deep; a company of soldiers six files deep.”

      Shadowing squadrons deep. Milton.

      Safely in harbor

      Is the king's ship in the deep nook. Shak.

      3. Low in situation; lying far below the general surface; as, “a deep valley”.

      4. Hard to penetrate or comprehend; profound; -- opposed to shallow or superficial; intricate; mysterious; not obvious; obscure; as, “a deep subject or plot”.

      Speculations high or deep. Milton.

      A question deep almost as the mystery of life. De Quincey.

      O Lord, . . . thy thoughts are very deep. Ps. xcii. 5.

      5. Of penetrating or far-reaching intellect; not superficial; thoroughly skilled; sagacious; cunning.

      Deep clerks she dumbs. Shak.

      6. Profound; thorough; complete; unmixed; intense; heavy; heartfelt; as, “deep distress; deep melancholy; deep horror.” “Deep despair.” Milton. “Deep silence.” Milton. “Deep sleep.” Gen. ii. 21. “Deeper darkness.” Hoole. “Their deep poverty.” 2 Cor. viii. 2.

      An attitude of deep respect. Motley.

      7. Strongly colored; dark; intense; not light or thin; as, “deep blue or crimson”.

      8. Of low tone; full-toned; not high or sharp; grave; heavy. “The deep thunder.” Byron.

      The bass of heaven's deep organ. Milton.

      9. Muddy; boggy; sandy; -- said of roads. Chaucer.

      The ways in that vale were very deep. Clarendon.

      A deep line of operations ( Military ), a long line. -- Deep mourning ( Costume ), mourning complete and strongly marked, the garments being not only all black, but also composed of lusterless materials and of such fashion as is identified with mourning garments.

    2. Deep, adv. To a great depth; with depth; far down; profoundly; deeply.

      Deep-versed in books, and shallow in himself. Milton.

      Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring. Pope.

      ☞ Deep, in its usual adverbial senses, is often prefixed to an adjective; as, deep-chested, deep-cut, deep-seated, deep-toned, deep-voiced, “deep-uddered kine.”

    3. Deep, n.
      1. That which is deep, especially deep water, as the sea or ocean; an abyss; a great depth.

      Courage from the deeps of knowledge springs. Cowley.

      The hollow deep of hell resounded. Milton.

      Blue Neptune storms, the bellowing deeps resound. Pope.

      2. That which is profound, not easily fathomed, or incomprehensible; a moral or spiritual depth or abyss.

      Thy judgments are a great deep. Ps. xxxvi. 6.

      Deep of night, the most quiet or profound part of night; dead of night.

      The deep of night is crept upon our talk. Shak.