De*press" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depressed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Depressing.] [L. depressus, p. p. of deprimere; de- + premere to press. See Press.]


To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes.

"With lips depressed."



To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.


To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were depressed.


To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as trade, commerce, etc.


To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to cheapen; to depreciate.

6. Math.

To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.

To depress the pole Naut., to cause the sidereal pole to appear lower or nearer the horizon, as by sailing toward the equator.

Syn. -- To sink; lower; abase; cast down; deject; humble; degrade; dispirit; discourage.


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De*press", a. [L. depressus, p. p.]

Having the middle lower than the border; concave.


If the seal be depress or hollow. Hammond.


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