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depth

Nautical the distance from the top of a ship's keel to the top of a particular deck

Depth

The extent, measurement or distance from top to bottom (downward) or from front to back (inward), or an element consisting of several layers.

depth

[depth]
(naval architecture)
The vertical distance amidships from the upper surface of the flat plate keel to the underside of the plating of a specified deck at ship's side.
(oceanography)
The vertical distance from a specified sea level to the sea floor.
References in classic literature ?
The senator despairingly steps out, picking gingerly for some firm foothold; down goes one foot an immeasurable depth,--he tries to pull it up, loses his balance, and tumbles over into the mud, and is fished out, in a very despairing condition, by Cudjoe.
And what is still more marvellous, no sooner has one gone down into the depths he will never rise from till the end of the world, than another takes his place; and if he too falls into the sea that waits for him like an enemy, another and another will succeed him without a moment's pause between their deaths: courage and daring the greatest that all the chances of war can show.
Seated on the poop, Ned Land and I were chatting of one thing and another as we looked at this mysterious sea, whose great depths had up to this time been inaccessible to the eye of man.
So transparent were these waters that the trout with which they abounded could be seen gliding about as if in the air; and their pebbly beds were distinctly visible at the depth of many feet.
One estimates it thirty miles, because the internal heat, increasing at the rate of about one degree to each sixty to seventy feet depth, would be sufficient to fuse the most refractory substances at that distance beneath the surface.
By removing two stakes there would be left plenty of room for the lion to leap from the pit, which was not of any great depth.
No," said the Depth of Degradation, "they have already fallen to me.
We have, therefore, a well of sixty feet in diameter to dig down to a depth of nine hundred feet.
But who would have thought of finding such a depth so near in shore, and only 200 miles from the American coast?
The soil here consists of ice and volcanic ashes interstratified; and at a little depth beneath the surface it must remain perpetually congealed, for Lieut.
The scenery of Walden is on a humble scale, and, though very beautiful, does not approach to grandeur, nor can it much concern one who has not long frequented it or lived by its shore; yet this pond is so remarkable for its depth and purity as to merit a particular description.
And the rich people drove out, and the poor walked, but the way seemed strangely long to them; and when they came to a clump of willows which grew on the skirts of the forest, they sat down, and looked up at the long branches, and fancied they were now in the depth of the green wood.