• WordNet 3.6
    • n depletion the act of decreasing something markedly
    • n depletion the state of being depleted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 436,000 U.S. Troops were exposed to depleted uranium during the first Gulf war
    • Depletion The act of depleting or emptying.
    • Depletion (Med) the act or process of diminishing the quantity of fluid in the vessels by bloodletting or otherwise; also excessive evacuation, as in severe diarrhea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n depletion The act of emptying, reducing, or exhausting: as, the depletion of the national resources. Specifically
    • n depletion In medicine, the act of relieving congestion or plethora by any remedial means, as bloodletting, purging, sweating, vomiting, etc.; also, any general reduction of fullness, as by abstinence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Depletion the act of emptying or exhausting:
    • n Depletion (med.) the act of relieving congestion or plethora, by purging, blood-letting, or reduction of the system by abstinence
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  • Louis Bromfield
    Louis Bromfield
    “As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Time And health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. déplétion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deplēre, deplētum, to empty, de, neg., plēre, to fill.


In literature:

To do this habitually is to so deplete the forces of the spirit that one has nothing left.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
The sum was partly depleted, now.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
How can you get income taxes from depleted incomes?
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
But the fatuous Government of the day wanted to swell its depleted treasure-chest, and the Chinese poll-tax brought in money quickly.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke
I shook my head and yanked out my much-depleted wallet to pay for chips.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
The system suffers a certain degree of depletion from which it recovers only after hours or even days.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
Our staff was getting seriously depleted.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
We landed, and could detect no depletion in the village.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The "reorganisation" of our depleted commandos proceeded very well; about 95 per cent.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
But Caesar's outside larder suffers to depletion.
"The Land of Fire" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Now, when His bag of stars he had deplete,
When all the dark with orbs of fire was strown,
The Sower found at bottom, 'twixt two folds,
A little bit of shining sun, chipped off.
"The Legend Of The Earth" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Injury- depleted Cavs fall to Pistons.
Army seeks to skirt depleted uranium rules.
Depleted Steelers look for answers.
Cowboys call in 'Batman' with latest street signing at linebacker for injury- depleted defense.
Men's Basketball: Depleted Lions are easy prey.
Former Spartans Plaxico Burress, Brian Hoyer sign with injury- depleted Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ogdensburg City School fund balance two years from depleted .
Full strength Phoenix to face depleted Jets.
Depleted Terps have Senior Day spoiled, lose fifth straight.
Tough road ahead for Lions' depleted secondary.
Germany depleted for Netherlands friendly.
ISU to face depleted TCU squad Saturday.
The number of registered Syrian refugees region-wide rose by about 3,200 per day in November, both new arrivals and those who signed up only once their resources were depleted, it said.
Nearly everything went right for the Baltimore Ravens in their 37-7 demolition of the St Louis Rams on Sunday except for another blow to an already-depleted secondary.
As free-milling and oxide ores become depleted, more complex polymetallic and refractory ores are being processed, coupled with increasing pressure for stricter environmental compliance.

In science:

One needs to demonstrate structures that wouldn’t be sub ject to depletion of nonlinearity.
Computational Euler History
It was in ensuring that the nonlinearity was not depleted even at low resolution and early times in such test calculations that led to the initial condition and numerics that worked so well in Kerr (1993).
Computational Euler History
Dynamic depletion of vortex stretching and non-blowup of the 3-D incompressible Euler equations (submitted).
Computational Euler History
It is also consistent with the computations of lithium depletion obtained with a mixing length parameter adjsuted on the Sun. A larger lithium depletion would be expected with an increased depth of the outer convection zone.
Asteroseismology of exoplanets host stars: the special case of $\iota$ Horologii (HD17051)
These include depletion mechanisms due to rotationally-induced mixing and/or diffusion.
Coupled Variations of Fundamental Couplings and Primordial Nucleosynthesis