What is the difference between deep and depth?

What is the difference between deep and depth?
As nouns the difference between deep and depth is that deep is (meaning 1 above) part of a lake, sea, etc while depth is the vertical distance below a surface; the amount that something is deep.

As a adjective deep is (of a hole|water|ravine|cut|etc) having its bottom far down.
As a adverb deep is deeply.





  • Extending far away from a point of reference, especially downwards.
  • #Extending far down from the top or surface; having its bottom far down.
  • #:
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  • #*1591 , (William Shakespeare), Henry VI, Part 2 :
  • #*:Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.
  • #Far in extent in another (non-downwards, but generally also non-upwards) direction away from a point of reference.
  • #:
  • #In a (specified) number of rows or layers.
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  • #Thick.
  • #:
  • #*, chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp
    , passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers’ desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys’ faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.}}

  • #Voluminous.
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  • #*
  • #*:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
  • #A long way inside; situated far in or back.
  • #:
  • ## Far from the center of the playing area, near to the boundary of the playing area, either in absolute terms or relative to a point of reference.
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  • ## A long way forward.
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  • ##(label) Relatively farther downfield.
  • Complex, involved.
  • #Profound, having great meaning or import, but possibly obscure or not obvious.
  • #:
  • #To a significant, not superficial, extent.
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  • #:
  • #*2013 September 28, (Kenan Malik), ” London Is Special, but Not That Special,” New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
  • #*:While Britain’s recession has been deep and unforgiving, in London it has been relatively shallow.
  • #Hard to penetrate or comprehend; profound; intricate; obscure.
  • #:
  • #* (Thomas De Quincey):
  • #*:Why it was that the ancients had no landscape painting, is a question deep almost as the mystery of life, and harder of solution than all the problems of jurisprudence combined.
  • #Of penetrating or far-reaching intellect; not superficial; thoroughly skilled; sagacious; cunning.
  • #*(rfdate ), (William Shakespeare):
  • #*:deep clerks
  • Low in pitch.
  • :
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=5, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest
    , passage=The departure was not unduly prolonged.

  • (lb) Dark and highly saturated.
  • :
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8
    , passage=The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses’ feet:

  • (lb) Sound, heavy (describing a state of sleep from which one is not easily awoken ).
  • :
  • Immersed, submerged (in).
  • :
  • Muddy; boggy; sandy; said of roads.
  • *(rfdate ), :
  • *:The ways in that vale were very deep .
  • Synonyms

    * (having great meaning) heavy, meaningful, profound
    * (in extent in a direction away from the observer)
    * (thick in a vertical direction) thick
    * (voluminous) great, large, voluminous
    * (low in pitch) low, low-pitched
    * bright, rich, vivid


    * shallow
    * (having great meaning) frivolous, light, shallow, superficial
    * (in extent in a direction away from the observer) shallow
    * (thick in a vertical direction) shallow, thin
    * (voluminous) shallow, small
    * (low in pitch) high, high-pitched, piping
    * light, pale, desaturated, washed-out

    See also

    * tall
    * wide
    * high
    * thick


    (en adverb )

  • Deeply.
  • * Milton:
  • Deep -versed in books, and shallow in himself.
  • * Alexander Pope:
  • Drink deep , or taste not the Pierian spring.
  • *
  • Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate “closet taxonomist,” Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.


  • The deep part of a lake, sea, etc.
  • creatures of the deep
  • (US, rare) The profound part of a problem.
  • The sea, the ocean.
  • (cricket) A fielding position near the boundary.
  • Russell is a safe pair of hands in the deep .

    Derived terms

    * ankle-deep
    * beauty is only skin deep
    * deep background
    * deep blue sea
    * deep copy
    * deepen
    * deep down
    * deep drawing
    * deep end
    * deep fat
    * deep-fet
    * deep-freeze
    * deep freezer
    * deep-fry
    * deep in the money
    * deep in thought
    * deep kiss/deep-kiss
    * deep-laid
    * deep link
    * deep-mouthed
    * deep out of the money
    * deep pockets
    * deep-read
    * deap sea/deep-sea
    * deep-seated
    * deep-set
    * deep-six
    * Deep South
    * deep space
    * deep structure
    * deep supporting fire
    * deep thinker
    * Deep Thought
    * Deep Throat
    * deepthroat
    * deep vein thrombosis/DVT
    * deep web
    * deep well
    * in too deep
    * knee-deep
    * neck-deep
    * skin-deep
    * still waters run deep
    * waist-deep

    See also

    * deeps






    (en noun )

  • The vertical distance below a surface; the degree to which something is deep.
  • Measure the depth of the water in this part of the bay.
  • The distance between the front and the back, as the depth of a drawer or closet.
  • (figuratively) The intensity, complexity, strength, seriousness or importance of an emotion, situation, etc.
  • The depth of her misery was apparent to everyone.
    The depth of the crisis had been exaggerated.
    We were impressed by the depth of her knowledge.
  • Lowness.
  • the depth of a sound
  • (computing, colors) The total palette of available colors.
  • (arts, photography) The property of appearing three-dimensional.
  • The depth of field in this picture is amazing.
  • (literary, usually plural) The deepest part. (Usually of a body of water.)
  • The burning ship finally sunk into the depths .
  • (literary, usually plural) A very remote part.
  • Into the depths of the jungle…
    In the depths of the night,
  • The most severe part.
  • in the depth of the crisis
    in the depths of winter
  • (logic) The number of simple elements which an abstract conception or notion includes; the comprehension or content.
  • (horology) A pair of toothed wheels which work together.
  • (statistics) The lower of the two ranks of a value in an ordered set of values.
  • {{examples-right, width=40%, sense=statistics, examples=

    Ordered Batch of 9 Values
    Value 15 32 45 48 49 56 69 77 97
    Depth 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1



    * deepness