• Cyclist whose tyre has become deflated
    Cyclist whose tyre has become deflated
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n deflation the act of letting the air out of something
    • n deflation a contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices
    • n deflation (geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind "a constant deflation of the desert landscape"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten sitting next to a deflated ball A kitten sitting next to a deflated ball

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deflation The act of deflating.
    • n deflation In geology, denudation by the action of the wind bearing solid particles.
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  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    “Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.”


In literature:

Eventually, they were compelled to sell these properties at deflated prices.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
I also found Atmananda's deflated view of himself a relief.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
He was looking yellow and deflated.
"Tono Bungay" by H. G. Wells
At the outbreak of war she was lying deflated in the shed at Farnborough.
"British Airships, Past, Present, and Future" by George Whale
Associated words: parachute, inflate, inflation, deflate, deflation, dirigible.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
On landing they would solemnly don their clothes, deflate the skins, and go their way.
"War in the Garden of Eden" by Kermit Roosevelt
Then the start was made, with the bag partially deflated and lying in limp, wet folds on its framework.
"The Boy Inventors' Radio Telephone" by Richard Bonner
Bartley's egoism was slightly deflated.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Face like a three-parts deflated football.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
Anxiety seemed to be a physical thing deflating my breast and loins.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond

In poetry:

Mighty things were done at Casey's; mighty bouts anticipated
Made the Sunday church-door topic for a month ahead at least;
On the cheerless Sundays after, with misguided hope deflated,
We explained away our failures as we waited for the priest.
"St Patricks Day" by John O Brien

In news:

It's the Housing Market Deflation .
Deflation Is Centered in Goods Prices.
The second of our series of blog posts on China's economic challenges over the next 12-18 months focuses on deflation .
Deflated Kansas defenders Greg Brown (5) and Bradley McDougald (24) make their way off the field following the Jayhawks' heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Texas on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.
Big Demand for Bonds Suggests Fed Is Winning Deflation Battle.
It's no surprise that everyone in the US is talking about deflation.
Indeed, the bond market is pricing in deflation.
Kishiwada Journal;In Japan, Deflating a Poisonous Pufferfish Legend.
Those mistakes then feed on themselves in " reflexive " ways that, when taken to extremes, result in situations such as the now-deflating US housing bubble.
We all know how powerful China is becoming, but powerful enough to deflate the ego of one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men.
Trial Balloons On Rights Issue Are Deflated By Democrats.
No better way to get over a deflating loss than with a good old fashion caption contest.
San Marino scores twice in fourth quarter, deflates Crescenta Valley.
The latest issue of Glamour comes out and a fresh batch of ladies' self-images deflate like balloons unsuccessfully tied.

In science:

GDP deflator represents inflation in the study.
Inflation as a function of labor force change rate: cointegration test for the USA
GDP deflator and CPI represent inflation in the study.
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test
Measured time series in France: GDP deflator, CPI, unemployment, and labor force change rate – a); and their first differences – b).
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test
Measured and predicted GDP deflator - a), and their difference - b). The predicted time series is based on the measured labor force change rate and unemployment.
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test
Cumulative curves for measured and predicted GDP deflator.
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test