• WordNet 3.6
    • n dependence the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
    • n dependence 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: Depending on the size, it can take an oyster anywhere from few months to many years to form a pearl
    • Dependence A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel. "To go on now with my first dependence ."
    • Dependence A resting with confidence; reliance; trust. "Affectionate dependence on the Creator is the spiritual life of the soul."
    • Dependence Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation. "So dark and so intricate of purpose, without any dependence or order."
    • Dependence Subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self; a lack of independence or self-sufficiency. "Reduced to a servile dependence on their mercy."
    • Dependence That on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence .
    • Dependence That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else. "Like a large cluster of black grapes they show
      And make a large dependence from the bough."
    • Dependence The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support.
    • Dependence The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause). "The cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants, who cannot do anything but fight. They depend completely on their slaves for survival.
    • n dependence The fact of being dependent or pendent; the relation of a hanging thing to the support from which it hangs; a hanging; also, the hanging thing itself.
    • n dependence The relation of logical consequent to its antecedent, of conclusion to premise, or of a contingent fact to the condition upon which it depends; the relation of effect to cause. In this sense dependence is said to be in ferri, in esse, or in operari: in ferri, when the cause brings the effect into being; in esse, when the continued existence of the effect is due to the cause; in operari, when the effect cannot itself act as a cause without the cooperation of its cause. The word is also applied in this sense to the relation of accident to substance; also, to the accident itself, as being in this relation.
    • n dependence The state of deriving existence, support, or direction from another; the state of being subject to the power and operation of some extraneous force; subjection or subordination to another or to something else: as, dependence is the natural condition of childhood; the dependence of life upon solar heat.
    • n dependence Reliance; confidence; trust; a resting on something: as, we may have a firm dependence on the promises of God.
    • n dependence In law: The quality of being conditional on something else. See dependent, 5. Pendency; the condition of awaiting determination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 90% of us depend on alarm clocks to wake us.
    • ns Dependence state of being dependent, reliance, trust: that on which one depends—also Depend′ance
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  • Thomas L. Holdcroft
    Thomas L. Holdcroft
    “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.”
  • William James
    “Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.”
  • David Starr Jordan
    David Starr Jordan
    “Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.”
  • Tom Lehrer
    Tom Lehrer
    “Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.”
  • R. D. Laing
    “Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. dependentia, fr. L. dependens,. See Dependent, and cf. Dependance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dépendre—L. dependērede, from, and pendēre, to hang.


In literature:

Soup may be correctly served in several different ways, the method to adopt usually depending on the kind of soup.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Their food value, which, of course, is high, depends somewhat on the amount of filling used.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It is on this principle that the making of wines depends.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The most tragic consequence of dependence on the complex machinery of a foreign government is the atrophy of the communal sense.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
Uneasy state of dependence on the weather.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
All the various processes of secretion and nutrition depend on the presence of water for their activities.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The functions of body, on which life is founded, do not depend upon reason.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
A man's standing depended on his success in life, and success was within the reach of all.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
The making of all right and wrong in this world depends on the law.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
Proper cooking by this method depends greatly upon the facility with which the heat of the oven can be regulated.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

In poetry:

Oh! promise with a father's zeal,
My Ellen to protect!
Nor let her like an orphan feel
Dependence, and neglect!
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
But happy he whose hopes depend
Upon the Lord alone;
The soul that trusts in such a friend,
Can ne'er be overthrown.
"Trust Of The Wicked, And The Righteous Compared" by John Newton
"Queen of my destiny!" he cried,
"Thy faithful Edgar see!
Whose welfare thou canst best decide,
For it depends on thee!
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
'Tis on us the work depends,
On the young and rising race;
And we'll try to make amends
For our country's deep disgrace.
"Welcome Brothers! For A Cold Water Army" by John Pierpont
'Tis safer, Lord, to hope in thee,
And have my God my friend,
Than trust in men of high degree,
And on their truth depend.
"Psalm 118 part 1" by Isaac Watts
"Now, GILBERT," ANNIE answered, "wicked headsman, just beware -
I won't have PETER tortured with that horrible affair;
If you appear with that, you may depend you'll rue the day."
But GILBERT said, "Oh, shall I?" which was just his nasty way.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Whichever category it falls into depends on how your divorce settlement was negotiated.
CEDAR RAPIDS — Alliant Energy's third wave of restoration crews are arriving in New York Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on weather.
Like everything else, however, their lives depend upon their foundation, and these 30 odd trees had a poor foundation.
To answer that question for the American Le Mans Series, it depends on how you define success.
It all depends when you go, how you order, who is overseeing the kitchen and who is waiting on your table.
Or maybe even my car could morph into a boat, just depending on the situation in which my travels take me.
Depending on your family's situation, any one of t READ.
I see their are several valuations for Hubley Santa and 2 Reindeer in Cast Iron varying from $1600 to $2000 depending on condition.
Once activated, gcat showed no further dependence upon i.
Casper Jeffries and Colonius Monk Pest Dependent Staff Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado.
4 that outcome in women with a cervical length of 15 mm or less, is not dependent upon cervical length, but on membrane exposure.
Ultrasound-indicated cervical cerclage: outcome depends on preoperative cervical length and presence of visible membranes at time of cerclage.
This paper provides the rationale for the American Psychiatric Nurses~ Association position that Failure to Act on Tobacco Dependence Equals Harm.
To depend on last year's shooting performance is to ask for problems.
That dependability is even more important in a post-Great Recession era, he said, where there's little income to be found.

In science:

As shown by Eq. (16), one possible choice for T , we will need a kinematic quantity pv (which depends on kinetic energy, which depends on z ′ ) and atomic properties of the current material (which also depend on z ′).
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
In the absence of precise impact parameter dependent data, this new set, an essential tool to make phenomenological predictions, is based on previous fits wit h the b-dependence determined from their A-dependence.
Theory summary. Hard Probes 2012
Notice that ⋆ depends on x ∈ L, Γ(α) depends on α and Φ∗ L Im Ω|Γ(α) depends on α and ∇α.
Special Lagrangian conifolds, I: Moduli spaces (extended version)
The concept of intermediate tail dependence is useful if one wants to quantify the degree of positive dependence in the tails when there is no strong evidence of presence of the usual tail dependence.
Intermediate Tail Dependence: A Review and Some New Results
The concept of intermediate tail dependence arises when one wants to quantify the strength of such dependence in the tails but the usual tail dependence parameter λ = 0.
Intermediate Tail Dependence: A Review and Some New Results