General English




  • noun the strength of a team in batting or bowling, considered in terms of the number of high-quality players in each of these departments; e.g., a side that has capable batsmen playing as low as number 8 in the order would be said to have depth in batting
    Citation ‘The batting has considerable depth … watch out for the square-cutting of Hudson, the hooking and driving of the Kirstens, Cronje, and Cullinan’ (Donald Woods, Guardian 20 July 1994)
    Citation ‘The left-arm spinner Tim Shaw fell away badly … but the presence of Rudi Bryson, Brett Schultz, Eldine Baptiste and the improving Paul Rayment gave them unmatched depth in seam’ (Wisden 1993)


  • noun a vertical distance in water
  • noun the extent of a force’s position from front to rear


  • the quality of a wine that is full-bodied and releases a whole range of intense, complex flavours when tasted
  • the intensity of the colour of a wine. For red wines, the more intense the colour, the more body the wine has.

Origin & History of “depth”

Depth is not as old as it looks. similar nouns, such as length and strength, existed in Old English, but depth, like breadth, is a much later creation. In Old English the nouns denoting ‘quality of being deep’ were dīepe and dēopnes ‘deepness’.