• WordNet 3.6
    • n dependency a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
    • n dependency the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
    • n dependency being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An arabica coffee tree can produce up to 12 pounds of coffee a year, depending on soil and climate.
    • Dependency A territory remote from the kingdom or state to which it belongs, but subject to its dominion; a colony; as, Great Britain has its dependencies in Asia, Africa, and America.
    • Dependency A thing hanging down; a dependence.
    • Dependency State of being dependent; dependence; state of being subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection; reliance; trust. "Any long series of action, the parts of which have very much dependency each on the other.""So that they may acknowledge their dependency on the crown of England."
    • Dependency That which is attached to something else as its consequence, subordinate, satellite, and the like. "This earth and its dependencies .""Modes I call such complex ideas which . . . are considered as dependencies on or affections of substances."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Elizabethan and Jacobean times, the age of a person when they marry was dependant on the person's class. Those with a high social status were permitted to marry at a younger age.
    • n dependency Same as dependence.
    • n dependency That of which the existence presupposes the existence of something else; that which depends for its existence upon something else.
    • n dependency An accident or a quality; something non essential.
    • n dependency That which is subordinate to and dependent upon something else; especially, a territory subject to the control of a power of which it does not form an integral part; a dependent state or colony: as, the sun and its dependencies; the dependencies of Great Britain.
    • n dependency The subject or cause of a quarrel, when duels were in vogue; the affair depending.
    • n dependency An out-building; in the plural, offices; minor buildings adjoining or adjacent to a principal structure: as, the hotel and its dependencies.
    • n dependency Synonyms Dependence, Dependency. These forms are now seldom used interchangeably, as they were formerly, dependence being employed almost exclusively in abstract senses, and dependency in concrete ones, or for things or facts instead of relations or states.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Plants that need to attract moths for pollination are generally white or pale yellow, to be better seen when the light is dim. Plants that depend on butterflies, such as the poppy or the hibiscus, have more colorful flowers.
    • Dependency same as Dependence, in the additional sense of a foreign territory dependent on the mother-country, a kind of subordinate colony without self-government
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  • Robert A. Cook
    Robert A. Cook
    “It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.”
  • George Eliot
    “All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.”
  • Charlotte P. Gillman
    Charlotte P. Gillman
    “The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.”
  • Laurence J. Peter
    “Don't believe in miracles -- depend on them.”
  • Sir John Lubbock
    “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”
  • John Ruskin
    “The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dépendre—L. dependērede, from, and pendēre, to hang.


In literature:

Why, for one friend, has God ten thousand enemies, in a world, which it depended entirely upon him to people with honest men?
"Good Sense" by Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
My orders will depend very much upon that.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
Depend on it, donkeys were allowed to eat thistles there.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Depend upon it, things are not so bad as they seem.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
Ought the sailor to throw away his compass and depend entirely upon the fog?
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
But a 'tea' in the north-country depends for distinction, not on its solids or its savories, but on its sweets.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But, O my friend, depend upon it, you are in danger.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
My servant I shall dispose of, and the rest I can depend on.
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Depend upon it, my dear, he will not leave you, either night or day, if he can help it, now he has got footing.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
But suppose that I place the good somewhere among the things which depend on the will; all will laugh at me.
"A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion" by Epictetus

In poetry:

I've felt a shock as quick as light,
That shock I never saw;
Then why should we depend on sight
And heavenly hopes forego?
"Extract From - Infidelity Its Own Punishment And Fidelity Its Own Happiness" by Joseph Hodgson
Ah Jessy, oft the fancied friend,
Commits a cruel wrong;
Weak neighbours seldom should depend
On kindness from the strong.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
The sacred man by God ordained,
Links sinful earth with heaven,
But his success oft must depend
On how instruction's given.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
No barn or storehouse they possess
On which they can depend;
Yet have no cause to fear distress,
For Jesus is their friend.
"The Meal And Cruse Of Oil" by John Newton
From whence soe'er we borrow pow'rs,
If life depend on works of ours;
Or if we make the gospel thus
In any sort depend on us;
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Unto the name that most I dread,
I flee with joyful wings and speed.
My daily hope does most depend
On him I daily most offend.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

The total depth of defective, disintegrative and transitional layers depends on the cutting conditions and varies from 20 to 200 microns (0.0008 " to 0.008 ") when applying diamond abrasives .
Richard Simmons poses like his life depends on it outside his studio on August 2nd.
Costs to adopt a dog range from $60 to $80, depending on the breed and size.
The adoptions are symbolic and represent a general donation to the cause but do include certificates and small tokens of appreciation, such as a stuffed animal, depending on the amount spent.
Regulatory Fate of a New IVD May Well Depend on a Few Dozen Words.
The answer to the question as to whether you can still buy Barton Candy in New York is yes and no depending whom you talk to.
A pleasant travelling experience depends on the kindness and good manners of everyone involved.
Afraid that the Machinists union will organize the South Carolina site?That depends on your reading of this op-ed, penned by Jack Jones, vice president of Boeing South Carolina.
It depends on more than just your health.
It is available in 32-, 40-, and 50-mm bore sizes in single-rod configurations with set stroke lengths of 10, 20, and 50 mm depending on bore size.
Samsung's Alias 2 SCH-u750 texting phone is the first to use e-ink (the same technology used in the Amazon Kindle) to create a "magic" keyboard that automatically changes depending on what you're doing.
It leads to heaven or hell, maybe both, and what comes down around you depends on how you travel just as much as where you're coming from.
There are many carb cycling frameworks and each varies depending on whether you are trying to build muscle, or lose fat.
Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan rejected caricatures of his nation as a China-dependent quarry, saying the services-based economy is poised to cash in on Asia's burgeoning middle class.
The award amount is determined on a case-by-case basis and largely depends upon each party's wages, the discrepancy between the wage amounts, and each person's monthly necessary expenses.

In science:

Although the dependence on m might be much smaller than the dependence on T /Tc , if the fluctuation of the reweighting factor is completely canceled, any m-dependence is not obtained.
Remarks on the multi-parameter reweighting method for the study of lattice QCD at non-zero temperature and density
Its temperature dependence is governed by the temperature dependence of the density of states and by the temperature dependence of the width of the strip of accessible sites.
Break-Junction Tunneling Spectroscopy for Doped Semiconductors in the Hopping Regime
Besides the explicit θ∗ K dependence shown in Eq.(15) and in the response functions of Eqs.(8-11), the CGLN amplitudes contain additional θ∗ K dependence (as well as Q2 and W dependence).
Ratio of $\sigma_L / \sigma_T$ for $p(e,e'K^+)\Lambda$ Extracted from Polarization Transfer
Definition: Two elements in An for n ≥ 1 are Complex dependent or C-dependent if their respective pure imaginary parts are linearly dependent.
The Exponential Map on the Cayley-Dickson algebras
Note that the observed scaling dependence is described reasonably well by the theoretical dependence of ρ/ρ(0) on the degree of spin polarization, ξ = gmµBBk/π2ns = Bk /Bc , based on the spin-polarization-dependent screening of a random potential [223].
Metal-insulator transitions and the effects of electron-electron interactions in two-dimensional electron systems