from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put or set down; place.
- transitive v. To lay down or leave behind by a natural process: layers of sediment that were deposited on the ocean floor; glaciers that deposited their debris as they melted.
- transitive v. To give over or entrust for safekeeping.
- transitive v. To put (money) in a bank or financial account.
- transitive v. To give as partial payment or security.
- intransitive v. To become deposited; settle.
- n. Something, such as money, that is entrusted for safekeeping, as in a bank.
- n. The condition of being deposited: funds on deposit with a broker.
- n. A partial or initial payment of a cost or debt: left a $100 deposit toward the purchase of a stereo system.
- n. A sum of money given as security for an item acquired for temporary use.
- n. A depository.
- n. Something deposited, especially by a natural process, as:
- n. Geology A concentration of mineral matter or sediment in a layer, vein, or pocket: iron ore deposits; rich deposits of oil and natural gas.
- n. Physiology An accumulation of organic or inorganic material, such as a lipid or mineral, in a body tissue, structure, or fluid.
- n. A sediment or precipitate that has settled out of a solution.
- n. A coating or crust left on a surface, as by evaporation or electrolysis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Sediment or rock that is not native to its present location or is different from the surrounding material. Sometimes refers to ore or gems.
- n. asset that was left to the care of the other
- n. Money placed in an account.
- n. Anything left behind on a surface.
- n. A sum of money or other asset given as an initial payment, to show good faith, or to reserve something for purchase.
- n. A sum of money given as a security for a borrowed item, which will be given back when the item is returned, e.g. a bottle deposit or can deposit
- v. To leave or adhere one material or item onto another.
- v. To entrust one's assets to the care of another. Sometimes done as collateral.
- v. To put money or funds into an account.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay down; to place; to put; to let fall or throw down (as sediment)
- transitive v. To lay up or away for safe keeping; to put up; to store.
- transitive v. To lodge in some one's hands for safe keeping; to commit to the custody of another; to intrust; esp., to place in a bank, as a sum of money subject to order.
- transitive v. To lay aside; to rid one's self of.
- n. That which is deposited, or laid or thrown down; ; especially, matter precipitated from a solution (as the siliceous deposits of hot springs), or that which is mechanically deposited (as the mud, gravel, etc., deposits of a river).
- n. A natural occurrence of a useful mineral under the conditions to invite exploitation.
- n. That which is placed anywhere, or in any one's hands, for safe keeping; something intrusted to the care of another; esp., money lodged with a bank or banker, subject to order; anything given as pledge or security.
- n. A bailment of money or goods to be kept gratuitously for the bailor.
- n. Money lodged with a party as earnest or security for the performance of a duty assumed by the person depositing.
- n. A place of deposit; a depository.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay down; place; put: as, a crocodile deposits her eggs in the sand; soil deposited by a river.
- To lay away; lay in a place for preservation or safe-keeping; store: as, to deposit goods in a warehouse.
- To place for care or custody; lodge in trust; place: as, to deposit money in a bank; to deposit bonds or goods with a creditor as security.
- To lay or set aside; get rid of.
- To settle or be formed by deposition; descend and rest or become attached.
- n. That which is laid or thrown down; matter laid down or lodged in a place, or settled by subsidence or precipitation, as from a fluid medium.
- n. Specifically
- n. In geology, any mass of material which has been thrown down from, or moved and gathered together by, water, or which has been separated from a solution by chemical agencies. Irregularity of form is rather a characteristic of a deposit; if the material be evenly and uniformly distributed, it would more generally be termed a bed or layer. The products of volcanic agencies are rarely designated by the term deposit.
- n. In mining, the most general term for an accumulation, or “occurrence,” of ore, of whatever form or nature it may be; but the word ore is generally added. (See ore-deposit.) By some authors the term deposit is used as meaning a mode of occurrence of ore supposed to be less permanent in its character than a true vein. Thus, flat masses or sheets would often be called deposits, especially if not exhibiting any of the special characters of true or fissure veins. (See vein.)
- n. The metallic coating precipitated by galvanic action from a chemical solution upon a ground or base, as the film of gold or silver on plated articles, or of copper on copper-faced type, or the copper shell of an electrotype plate.
- n. Anything intrusted to the care of another; something given into custody for safe-keeping; specifically, money lodged in a bank for safety or convenience.
- n. A place where things are deposited; a depository.
- n. The state or fact of being deposited or stored in the care of another; storage: as, to have money on deposit in a bank; safe deposit.
- n. A pledge; a pawn; something given as security. Specifically
- n. In law: A sum of money which one puts into the hands of another to secure the fulfilment of some agreement, or as a part payment in advance.
- n. A naked bailment of personal property, to be kept for the bailor without recompense, and to be returned when he shall require it.
- n. In Scots law, same as depositation.
- n. Deposition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. matter that has been deposited by some natural process
- n. the natural process of laying down a deposit of something
- n. money deposited in a bank or some similar institution
- n. a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later
- n. money given as security for an article acquired for temporary use
- n. the act of putting something somewhere
- v. put into a bank account
- v. put, fix, force, or implant
- n. a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
- n. a payment given as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
- v. put (something somewhere) firmly
- n. the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating
Latin dēpōnere, dēposit-; see depone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin depositus, past participle of deponere which is "to put down". (Wiktionary)