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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEEP, a.
1. Extending or being far below the surface; descending far downward; profound ; opposed to shallow; as deep water; a deep pit or well.
2. Low in situation; being or descending far below the adjacent land; as a deep valley.
3. Entering far; piercing a great way. A tree in a good soil takes deep root. A spear struck deep into the flesh.
4. Far from the outer part; secreted.
A spider deep ambushed in her den.
5. Not superficial or obvious; hidden; secret.
He discovereth deep things out of darkness. Job 12.
6. Remote from comprehension.
O Lord, thy thoughts are very deep. Ps. Xcii.
7. Sagacious; penetrating; having the power to enter far into a subject; as a man of deep thought; a deep divine.
8. Artful; contriving; concealing artifice; insidious; designing; as a friend, deep, hollow treacherous.
9. Grave in sound; low; as the deep tones of an organ.
10. Very still; solemn; profound; as deep silence.
11. Thick; black; not to be penetrated by the sight.
Now deeper darkness brooded on the ground.
12. Still; sound; not easily broken or disturbed.
The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. Genesis 2.
13. Depressed; sunk low, metaphorically; as deep poverty.
14. Dark; intense; strongly colored; as a deep brown; a deep crimson; a deep blue.
15. Unknown; unintelligible.
A people of deeper speech than thou canst perceive. Isaiah 33.
16. Heart-felt; penetrating; affecting; as a deep sense of guilt.
17. Intricate; not easily understood or unraveled; as a deep plot or intrigue.
This word often qualifies a verb, like an adverb.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
DEEP, n.
1. The sea; the abyss of waters; the ocean.
He maketh the deep to boil like a pot. Job x1i.
2. A lake; a great collection of water.
Lanch out into the deep, and let down your nets. Luke 5.
3. That which is profound, not easily fathomed, or incomprehensible.
Thy judgments are a great deep. Psalms 36.
4. The most still or solemn part; the midst; as, in deep of night.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply; "a deep breath"; "a deep sigh"; "deep concentration"; "deep emotion"; "a deep trance"; "in a deep sleep" [ant: shallow]
2: marked by depth of thinking; "deep thoughts"; "a deep allegory"
3: having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination; "a deep well"; "a deep dive"; "deep water"; "a deep casserole"; "a deep gash"; "deep massage"; "deep pressure receptors in muscles"; "deep shelves"; "a deep closet"; "surrounded by a deep yard"; "hit the ball to deep center field"; "in deep space"; "waist-deep" [ant: shallow]
4: very distant in time or space; "deep in the past"; "deep in enemy territory"; "deep in the woods"; "a deep space probe"
5: extreme; "in deep trouble"; "deep happiness"
6: having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; "a deep voice"; "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; "a bass clarinet" [syn: bass, deep]
7: strong; intense; "deep purple"; "a rich red" [syn: deep, rich]
8: relatively thick from top to bottom; "deep carpets"; "deep snow"
9: extending relatively far inward; "a deep border"
10: (of darkness) very intense; "thick night"; "thick darkness"; "a face in deep shadow"; "deep night" [syn: thick, deep]
11: large in quantity or size; "deep cuts in the budget"
12: with head or back bent low; "a deep bow"
13: of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands" [syn: cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying]
14: difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography" [syn: abstruse, deep, recondite]
15: exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy; "deep political machinations"; "a deep plot" n
1: the central and most intense or profound part; "in the deep of night"; "in the deep of winter"
2: a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor [syn: trench, deep, oceanic abyss]
3: literary term for an ocean; "denizens of the deep" adv
1: to a great depth;far down; "dived deeply"; "dug deep" [syn: deeply, deep]
2: to an advanced time; "deep into the night"; "talked late into the evening" [syn: deep, late]
3: to a great distance; "penetrated deep into enemy territory"; "went deep into the woods"

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English dep, from Old English d?op; akin to Old High German tiof deep, Old English dyppan to dip more at dip Date: before 12th century 1. extending far from some surface or area: as a. extending far downward <a deep well> b. (1) extending well inward from an outer surface <a deep gash> <a deep-chested animal> (2) not located superficially within the body <deep pressure receptors in muscles> c. extending well back from a surface accepted as front <a deep closet> d. extending far laterally from the center <deep borders of lace> e. occurring or located near the outer limits of the playing area <hit to deep right field> f. thrown deep <a deep pass> 2. having a specified extension in an implied direction usually downward or backward <a shelf 20 inches deep> <cars parked three-deep> 3. a. difficult to penetrate or comprehend ; recondite <deep mathematical problems> b. mysterious, obscure <a deep dark secret> c. grave in nature or effect <in deepest disgrace> d. of penetrating intellect ; wise <a deep thinker> e. intensely engrossed or immersed <she was deep in her book> f. characterized by profundity of feeling or quality <a deep sleep>; also deep-seated <deep religious beliefs> 4. a. of color high in saturation and low in lightness b. having a low musical pitch or pitch range <a deep voice> 5. a. situated well within the boundaries <a house deep in the woods> b. remote in time or space c. being below the level of consciousness <deep neuroses> d. covered, enclosed, or filled to a specified degree usually used in combination <ankle-deep in mud> 6. large <deep discounts> 7. having many good players <a deep bull pen> Synonyms: see broad deeply adverb deepness noun II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. to a great depth ; deeply <still waters run deep> 2. far on ; late <danced deep into the night> 3. a. near the outer limits of the playing area <the shortstop was playing deep> b. long 6 III. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. a vast or immeasurable extent ; abyss b. (1) the extent of surrounding space or time (2) ocean 2. any of the deep portions of a body of water; specifically a generally long and narrow area in the ocean where the depth exceeds 3000 fathoms (5500 meters) 3. the middle or most intense part <the deep of winter> 4. any of the fathom points on a sounding line other than the marks

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj., n., & adv. --adj. 1 a extending far down from the top (deep hole; deep water). b extending far in from the surface or edge (deep wound; deep plunge; deep shelf; deep border). 2 (predic.) a extending to or lying at a specified depth (water 6 feet deep; ankle-deep in mud). b in a specified number of ranks one behind another (soldiers drawn up six deep). 3 situated far down or back or in (hands deep in his pockets). 4 coming or brought from far down or in (deep breath; deep sigh). 5 low-pitched, full-toned, not shrill (deep voice; deep note; deep bell). 6 intense, vivid, extreme (deep disgrace; deep sleep; deep colour; deep secret). 7 heartfelt, absorbing (deep affection; deep feelings; deep interest). 8 (predic.) fully absorbed or overwhelmed (deep in a book; deep in debt). 9 profound, penetrating, not superficial; difficult to understand (deep thinker; deep thought; deep insight; deep learning). 10 Cricket distant from the batsman (deep mid-off). 11 Football distant from the front line of one's team. 12 sl. cunning or secretive (a deep one). --n. 1 (prec. by the) poet. the sea. 2 a deep part of the sea. 3 an abyss, pit, or cavity. 4 (prec. by the) Cricket the position of a fielder distant from the batsman. 5 a deep state (deep of the night). 6 poet. a mysterious region of thought or feeling. --adv. deeply; far down or in (dig deep; read deep into the night). Phrases and idioms: deep breathing breathing with long breaths, esp. as a form of exercise. deep-drawn (of metal etc.) shaped by forcing through a die when cold. deep-fry (-fries, -fried) fry (food) in an amount of fat or oil sufficient to cover it. deep kiss a kiss with contact between tongues. deep-laid (of a scheme) secret and elaborate. deep mourning mourning expressed by wearing only black clothes. deep-mouthed (esp. of a dog) having a deep voice. deep-rooted (esp. of convictions) firmly established. deep sea the deeper parts of the ocean. deep-seated (of emotion, disease, etc.) firmly established, profound. Deep South the States of the US bordering the Gulf of Mexico. deep space the regions beyond the solar system or the earth's atmosphere. deep therapy curative treatment with short-wave X-rays of high penetrating power. go off (or go in off) the deep end colloq. give way to anger or emotion. in deep water (or waters) in trouble or difficulty. jump (or be thrown) in at the deep end face a difficult problem, undertaking, etc., with little experience of it. Derivatives: deeply adv. deepness n. Etymology: OE deop (adj.), diope, deope (adv.), f. Gmc: rel. to DIP

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Deep Deep (d[=e]p), a. [Compar. Deeper; superl. Deepest.] [OE. dep, deop, AS. de['o]p; akin to D. diep, G. tief, Icel. dj[=u]pr, 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Deep 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Deep 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. Note: 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.''

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(deeper, deepest) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If something is deep, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something. The water is very deep and mysterious-looking... Den had dug a deep hole in the centre of the garden... Kelly swore quietly, looking at the deep cut on his left hand. ...a deep ravine. ? shallow ADJ Deep is also an adverb. Deep in the earth's crust the rock may be subjected to temperatures high enough to melt it... Gingerly, she put her hand in deeper, to the bottom. ADV: ADV prep/adv, ADV after v deeply There isn't time to dig deeply and put in manure or compost... ADV: ADV after v, ADV adj/-ed 2. A deep container, such as a cupboard, extends or measures a long distance from front to back. The wardrobe was very deep. ADJ 3. You use deep to talk or ask about how much something measures from the surface to the bottom, or from front to back. I found myself in water only three feet deep... The mud is ankle deep around Shush Square... How deep did the snow get? ADJ: amount ADJ, n ADJ, how ADJ, as ADJ as, ADJ-compar than Deep is also a combining form. ...an inch-deep stab wound. COMB in ADJ 4. Deep in an area means a long way inside it. They were now deep inside rebel territory. ADV: ADV prep/adv, ADV after v 5. If you say that things or people are two, three, or four deep, you mean that there are two, three, or four rows or layers of them there. A crowd three deep seemed paralysed by the images on these monitors... ADV: num ADV 6. You use deep to emphasize the seriousness, strength, importance, or degree of something. I had a deep admiration for Sartre... He wants to express his deep sympathy to the family. = profound ADJ: usu ADJ n [emphasis] deeply Our meetings and conversations left me deeply depressed... = profoundly ADV 7. If you experience or feel something deep inside you or deep down, you feel it very strongly even though you do not necessarily show it. Deep down, she supported her husband's involvement in the organization. ADV: ADV prep/adv, ADV with cl 8. If you are in a deep sleep, you are sleeping peacefully and it is difficult to wake you. Una soon fell into a deep sleep. ? light ADJ: ADJ n deeply She slept deeply but woke early. ADV: ADV after v 9. If you are deep in thought or deep in conversation, you are concentrating very hard on what you are thinking or saying and are not aware of the things that are happening around you. Abby had been so deep in thought that she had walked past her aunt's car without even seeing it... ADJ: v-link ADJ in n 10. A deep breath or sigh uses or fills the whole of your lungs. Cal took a long, deep breath, struggling to control his own emotions... ADJ: ADJ n deeply She sighed deeply and covered her face with her hands. ADV: ADV after v 11. You use deep to describe colours that are strong and fairly dark. The sky was deep blue and starry... ? pale COMB in COLOUR Deep is also an adjective. ...deep colours. ? pale ADJ: usu ADJ n 12. A deep sound is low in pitch. His voice was deep and mellow... They heard a deep, distant roar. ? high ADJ 13. If you describe someone as deep, you mean that they are quiet and reserved in a way that makes you think that they have good qualities such as intelligence or determination. James is a very deep individual... ? shallow ADJ 14. If you describe something such as a problem or a piece of writing as deep, you mean that it is important, serious, or complicated. They're written as adventure stories. They're not intended to be deep. ADJ 15. If you are deep in debt, you have a lot of debts. He is so deep in debt and desperate for money that he's apparently willing to say anything... ADV: ADV in/into n deeply Because of her medical and her legal bills, she is now penniless and deeply in debt. ADV: ADV in/into n 16. If you know something deep down or deep down inside, you know that it is true, but you are not always conscious of it or willing to admit it to yourself. We knew deep down that we could do it... Deep down, we had always detested each other. PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl 17. If you say that you took a deep breath before doing something dangerous or frightening, you mean that you tried to make yourself feel strong and confident. I took a deep breath and went in. PHRASE: V inflects 18. If you say that something goes deep or runs deep, you mean that it is very serious or strong and is hard to change. His anger and anguish clearly went deep... PHRASE: V inflects 19. in at the deep end: see end in deep water: see water

Easton's Bible Dictionary

used to denote (1) the grave or the abyss (Rom. 10:7; Luke 8:31); (2) the deepest part of the sea (Ps. 69:15); (3) the chaos mentioned in Gen. 1:2; (4) the bottomless pit, hell (Rev. 9:1, 2; 11:7; 20:13).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

(tehom; abussos, Lu 8:31 the King James Version; Ro 10:7 the King James Version; bathos, Lu 5:4; buthos, 2Co 11:25):

The Hebrew word ("water in commotion") is used

(1) of the primeval watery waste (Ge 1:2), where some suggest a connection with Babylonian Tiamat in the creation-epic;

(2) of the sea (Isa 51:10 and commonly);

(3) of the subterranean reservoir of water (Ge 7:11; 8:2; 49:25; De 33:13; Eze 31:4, etc. ). In the Revised Version (British and American) the Greek word first noted is rendered, literally, "abyss." See ABYSS; also ASTRONOMY, sec. III, 7.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. 1. Down-reaching, reaching far down, of great depth. 2. Mysterious, intricate, knotty, difficult, hard (to comprehend), unfathomable, profound. 3. Sagacious, penetrating, intelligent, discerning, shrewd, astute. 4. Absorbed, engrossed, rapt up. 5. Grave, low, not high, not sharp. 6. Dark, intense. 7. Great, thorough, entire, heartfelt. II. n. 1. Sea, ocean, main, abyss of waters. 2. Depth, profound, abyss, deepest part or place, recess, bottom. 3. Mystery, enigma, profound riddle. 4. Stillness, silence, stillest part, inmost part, midst. III. ad. See deeply.

Moby Thesaurus

Bassalia, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, absorbed, absorbing, abstract, abstracted, abstruse, abysm, abysmal, abyss, abyssal, abyssal zone, acute, ample, amplitudinous, ankle-deep, arcane, arch, ardent, artful, astute, at bottom, at the core, baritone, bass, bathyal zone, benthos, big drink, blue, blue water, booming, bottom waters, bottomless, bottomless depths, brine, briny, broad, broad-minded, cagey, canny, capacious, cavity, centered, central, chasm, civilized, clever, colored, commodious, complex, complicated, comprehensive, concealed, concentrated, consequential, considerable, contralto, contriving, crafty, crater, crevasse, cultivated, cultured, cunning, cute, dark, deceitful, deep-colored, deep-cut, deep-down, deep-echoing, deep-engraven, deep-felt, deep-fixed, deep-laid, deep-lying, deep-pitched, deep-reaching, deep-rooted, deep-seated, deep-set, deep-settled, deep-sinking, deep-sunk, deep-sunken, deep-toned, deepgoing, deepish, deeply, deepmouthed, deepsome, depth, designing, devious, difficult, diplomatic, discerning, drink, dyed, earnest, earnestly, educated, encyclopedic, engaged, engrossed, erudite, esoteric, exhaustive, expansive, extended, extending, extensive, far-reaching, feline, fervent, fixed, foxy, full, full-colored, grand, grave, great, ground, guileful, gulf, hard, heartfelt, heavily, heavy, hermetic, hidden, high sea, high seas, hole, hollow, homefelt, hued, hydrosphere, imbued, immersed, impenetrable, in Technicolor, in color, incomprehensible, indelible, indoor, infinite, ingenious, inmost, inner, inner space, innermost, inscrutable, inside, insidious, intense, intensely, intent, interior, internal, intestine, intimate, into, intricate, intriguing, intrinsic, inventive, involved, inward, irresistible, keen, knee-deep, knowing, knowledgeable, learned, lettered, literate, lost, low, low-pitched, main, main sea, maximum, mighty, mysterious, mystical, obscure, occult, occupied, ocean, ocean bottom, ocean depths, ocean floor, ocean main, ocean sea, pansophic, past comprehension, pawky, pelagic zone, penetrating, perspicacious, pervading, piercing, pit, plenary, plotting, poignant, politic, polyhistoric, polymath, polymathic, powerful, preoccupied, profound, profoundly, rapt, ready, recondite, resonant, resounding, resourceful, rich, roomy, rumbling, sagacious, sage, salt sea, salt water, sapient, scheming, scholarly, scholastic, sea, secret, sepulchral, serious, serpentine, set, shaft, sharp, shifty, shrewd, sincere, slick, slippery, sly, smooth, snaky, sneaky, sonorous, sophistical, spacious, spreading, stained, stealthy, strategic, strong, studious, subtile, subtle, supple, tactical, thalassa, the bounding main, the brine, the briny, the briny deep, the deep, the deep sea, the deeps, the depths, the seven seas, the vasty deep, tide, tinct, tinctured, tinged, tinted, toned, total, transcendental, trench, trickish, tricksy, tricky, unfathomable, vast, voluminous, vulpine, wary, wash-colored, weighty, well, wide, widespread, wily, wise, wise as Solomon, wrapped, wrapped up, yawning, yawning abyss


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