adj. and adv. -er, -est, n.
1) extending far down from the top or surface:
a deep well; a deep cut[/ex]
2) extending far in or back from the front:
a deep shelf[/ex]
3) extending far in width; broad:
a deep border[/ex]
4) ranging far from the earth and sun:
a deep space probe[/ex]
5) having a specified dimension in depth:
a tank 10 feet deep[/ex]
6) immersed or submerged (usu. fol. by in):
a road deep in snow[/ex]
7) cvb covered or immersed to a specified depth (often used in combination):
standing knee-deep in mud[/ex]
8) situated far back or within:
deep in the woods[/ex]
9) far back in geological history:
deep time[/ex]
10) coming from far down:
a deep breath[/ex]
11) made with the body bent or lowered to a considerable degree:
a deep curtsy[/ex]
12) difficult to understand; abstruse:
a deep allegory[/ex]
13) not superficial; profound:
deep thoughts[/ex]
14) heartfelt; sincere:
deep affections[/ex]
15) great in measure; intense:
deep sorrow[/ex]
16) sound and heavy:
deep sleep[/ex]
17) (of colors) dark and vivid:
a deep red[/ex]
18) low in pitch, as sound, a voice, or the like
19) mysterious; obscure:
deep, dark secrets[/ex]
20) involved or enveloped:
to be deep in debt[/ex]
21) absorbed; engrossed:
deep in thought[/ex]
22) spo baseball relatively far from home plate:
deep center field[/ex]
23) ling. of or pertaining to the deep structure of a sentence
24) larger than usual:
deep discounts[/ex]
25) to or at a considerable or specified depth
26) to a depth or breadth of several such persons or things (used in combination):
lined up three-deep around the block[/ex]
27) far on in time:
to look deep into the future[/ex]
28) spo baseball farther than usual from home plate:
The outfielders played deep[/ex]
29) gel oce the deep part of a body of water, esp. an area of the ocean floor having a depth greater than 18,000 ft. (5400 m)
30) a vast extent, as of space or time
31) the part of greatest intensity, as of winter
32) naut. navig. any of the unmarked levels, one fathom apart, on a deep-sea lead line
Compare mark I, 18)
33) the deep, Literary the sea or ocean:
The deep was his final resting place[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME dep, OE dēop, c. OHG tiof, ON djupr, Go diups deep′ly, adv. deep′ness, n.

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