[ dep-uh-zish-uh n, dee-puh- ]
/ ˌdɛp əˈzɪʃ ən, ˌdi pə- /


Origin of deposition

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dēpositiōn- (stem of dēpositiō) a putting aside, testimony, burial, equivalent to Latin dēposit(us) laid down (see deposit) + -iōn- -ion


dep·o·si·tion·al, adjectivepost·dep·o·si·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for deposition

British Dictionary definitions for deposition (1 of 2)

/ (ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən, ˌdiːpə-) /


  1. the giving of testimony on oath
  2. the testimony so given
  3. the sworn statement of a witness used in court in his absence
the act or instance of deposing
the act or an instance of depositing
something that is deposited; deposit

Word Origin for deposition

C14: from Late Latin dēpositiō a laying down, disposal, burying, testimony

British Dictionary definitions for deposition (2 of 2)

/ (ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən, ˌdiːpə-) /


the taking down of Christ's body from the Cross or a representation of this
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Scientific definitions for deposition

[ dĕp′ə-zĭshən ]

The accumulation or laying down of matter by a natural process, as the laying down of sediments in a river or the accumulation of mineral deposits in a bodily organ.
The process of changing from a gas to a solid without passing through an intermediate liquid phase. Carbon dioxide, at a pressure of one atmosphere, undergoes deposition at about -78 degrees Celsius. Compare sublimation.
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