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  1. Plural of depth
  2. The deepest part. (Usually of a body of water.)
    Tthe burning ship finally sunk into the depths.
  3. A very remote part.
    Into the depths of the jungle...
    In the depths of the night,
  4. In the context of "of an emotion, mystery": The lowest point, all-time low, nadir.
    To plumb the depths of despair
    To stir someone to his depths.
  5. The most severe part.
    in the depths of the crisis.
    in the depths of winter.

Usage notes

  • As the meaning is superlative, it is almost always used with the definite article the


Extensive Definition

Depths is a 2004 novel by Swedish writer Henning Mankell.
Set in 1914, the novel concerns a naval engineer Lars Tobiasson-Svartman, a depth-sounder on board the destroyer Svea charged with finding a navigable channel through the Stockholm archipelago. During the voyage Svartman alights on a barren skerry, and discovers a young woman there, Sara. Despite her feral nature, something about her strikes him to his core and, even when he has returned to Stockholm, he finds himself compelled to go back to the island.
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