Dictionary: DE-DUC'TION – DEEP'-LAID

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DE-DUC'TION, n. [L. deductio.]

  1. The act of deducting.
  2. That which is deducted; sum or amount taken from another; defalcation; abatement; as, this sum is a deduction from the yearly rent.
  3. That which is drawn from premises; fact, opinion, or hypothesis, collected from principles or facts stated, or established data; inference; consequence drawn; conclusion; as, this opinion is a fair deduction from the principles you have advanced.


Deducible; that is or may be deduced from premises. All knowledge is deductive. – Glanville.


By regular deduction; by way of inference; by consequence. – Brown.

DEED, n. [Sax. dæd; D. daad; G. that; Dan. daad; the participle of Sax. don, Goth. tauyan, G. thun, D. doen, to do; probably a contracted word.]

  1. That which is done, acted or effected; an act; a fact; a word of extensive application, including whatever is done, good or bad, great or small. And Joseph said to them, what deed is this which ye have done? – Gen. xliv. We receive the due reward of our deeds. – Luke xxv.
  2. Exploit; achievement; illustrious act. Whose deeds some nobler poem shall adorn. – Dryden.
  3. Power of action; agency. With will and deed created free. – Milton.
  4. A writing containing some contract or agreement, and the evidence of its execution; particularly, an instrument on paper or parchment, conveying real estate to a purchaser or donee. This instrument must be executed, and the execution attested, in the manner prescribed by law. Indeed, in fact; in reality. These words are united and called an adverb. But sometimes they are separated by very, in very deed; a more emphatical expression. – Ex. ix.

DEED, v.t.

To convey or transfer by deed; a popular use of the word in America; as, he deeded all his estate to his eldest son.


That accomplishes great deeds.


Inactive; not performing or having performed deeds or exploits. – Pope.


A deed not indented, that is, shaved or even, made by one party only. – Blackstone.

DEED'Y, a.

Industrious; active.

DEEM, n.

Opinion; judgment; surmise. [Obs.] – Shak.

DEEM, v.t. [Sax. deman; D. doemen; Sw. döma; Dan. dömmer; whence doom. Russ. dumayu, to think, reflect, reckon, believe; duma, a thought or idea, a privy council; dumnoi, a privy counselor. See Class Dm, No. 5, 36, 39, and Class Sm, No. 5.]

  1. To think; to judge; to be of opinion; to conclude on consideration; as, he deems it prudent to be silent. For never can I deem him less than god. – Dryden. The shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country. – Acts xxvii.
  2. To estimate. [Obs.] – Spenser.

DEEM'ED, pp.

Thought; judged; supposed.

DEEM'ING, ppr.

Thinking; judging; believing.

DEEM'STER, n. [deem and ster. See Steer.]

A judge in the Isle of Man and in Jersey. Johnson.

DEEP, a. [Sax. deop, dypa; D. diep; G. tief; Sw. diup; Dan. dyb. It seems to be allied to dip and dive, whose radical sense is to thrust or plunge. Qu. W. dwvyn.]

  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 a deep root. A spear struck deep into the flesh.
  4. Far from the outer part; secreted. A spider deep ambushed in her den. – Dryden.
  5. Not superficial or obvious; hidden; secret. He discovereth deep things out of darkness. – Job xii.
  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. – Hoole.
  12. Still; sound; not easily broken or disturbed. The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. – Gen. ii.
  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. – Is. xxxii.
  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. – Pope.

DEEP, n.

  1. The sea; the abyss of waters; the ocean. He maketh the deep to boil like a pot. – Job xli.
  2. A lake; a great collection of water. Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets. – Luke v.
  3. That which is profound, not easily fathomed, or incomprehensible. Thy judgments are a great deep. – Ps. xxxvi.
  4. The most still or solemn part; the midst; as, in deep of night. – Shak. Philips.


Sinking deep into the water. – Shak.


Drawn from a depth.

DEEP'EN, v.i.

To become more deep; as, the water deepens at every cast of the lead.

DEEP'EN, v.t. [dee'pn.]

  1. To make deep or deeper; to sink lower; as, to deepen the channel of a river or harbor; to deepen a well.
  2. To make dark or darker; to make more thick or gloomy; as, to deepen the shades of night; to deepen gloom.
  3. To give a darker hue, or a stronger color; as, to deepen a color; to deepen a red, blue or crimson color.
  4. To make more poignant or distressing; as, to deepen grief or sorrow.
  5. To make more frightful; as, to deepen the horrors of the scene.
  6. To make more sad or gloomy; as, to deepen the murmurs of the flood.
  7. To make more grave; as, to deepen the tones of an organ.


Made more deep.


Sinking lower; making more deep.

DEEP'ER, a. [comp.]

More deep.

DEEP'EST, a. [superl.]

Most deep.


Formed with profound skill or artifice. – [Scott. 1841]