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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deplete use up (resources or materials) "this car consumes a lot of gas","We exhausted our savings","They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
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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
    • Deplete (Med) To empty or unload, as the vessels of human system, by bloodletting or by medicine.
    • Deplete To reduce by destroying or consuming the vital powers of; to exhaust, as a country of its strength or resources, a treasury of money, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deplete To empty, reduce, or exhaust by drawing away, as the strength, vital powers, resources, etc.: as, to deplete a country of inhabitants.
    • deplete In medicine, to empty or unload, as overcharged vessels, by bloodletting, purgatives, or other means.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deplete de-plēt′ to empty, reduce, exhaust
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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
From L. deplere, to empty out; de-, + plere, to fill. Forined like replete, complete,. See Fill Full (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deplēre, deplētum, to empty, de, neg., plēre, to fill.


In literature:

He resented, from his own depleting store, her unspent sum of days.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
As the forests were rapidly being depleted in England, wood and wood products were among the greatest needs.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
The natural inference, therefore, is that the mineral will be found to be depleted above and enriched below.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Dazed, depleted, the girl's answers grew monosyllabic, in spite of an air of forced gayety which she strove hard to maintain.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Depleted supplies had been hastily ordered.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
But, back of that, probably the usual history of an overpopulation, and a depleted soil.
"Shepherd of the Planets" by Alan Mattox
The Central Flying School itself had been heavily depleted.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
To this I would reply that the depletion of public resources is a symptom of profound economic disorganization.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
To descend with a quantity of fresh eggs for Susanna's depleted larder would be to bring one ray of sunshine into that darkened house.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
The longer he puts off attacking me, the more his treasury is depleted.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
It is a bitter winter, and the stores at York are sadly depleted.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Also, the troop was greatly depleted; it numbered forty men.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
Does all this sound as if game was depleted?
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
There had been defection in the camp, due to a controversy as to who was the "captain," and in consequence the circle was depleted.
"The Land of Nome" by Lanier McKee
For the moment she was benumbed, out-wearied with effort and enervated by the strain and depletion of force.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
The table was rearranged in keeping with a depleted larder.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
But there need be no fear that the gold reserve would ever become depleted.
"The Arena" by Various
The population consequently must have been seriously depleted when he first saw the Santa Rosa Valley.
"The Aboriginal Population of the North Coast of California" by Sherburne Friend Cook
A long, dreamless sleep took instant charge of him, for he was exhausted to a state of utter depletion.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
It was almost dark when the meal was done and, depleted hamper in hand, he reentered the empty echoing house.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives

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:

Bengals lose to depleted Steelers 24-17.
Bengals fall to depleted Steelers, 24-17.
Depleted Steelers beat Bengals.
Pittsburgh Steelers overcame their injury- depleted running game to beat the.
Sign petition to ban depleted uranium.
Back to.500 mark, Buffalo Bills re-sign DE Shawne Merriman to bolster injury- depleted defense.
Depleted Elks take 36-10 beating from Osseo.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy talks about depleted backfield (video).
Mississippi State faces depleted Wildcats.
A rash of injuries and illnesses has depleted the Holy Cross roster, forcing school officials to forfeit today's Lackawan-na Football Conference game against Dunmore.
Flour Bluff overwhelms depleted Alice with barrage of big plays.
Fundraiser tonight will benefit youth football league with depleted bank account.
Raiders' depleted secondary braces for Steelers' speedy receivers.
Retailer nutrient inventories are reported to be shrinking, and in some cases are completely depleted.
Fitzpatrick leads depleted offense in Buffalo Bills' 34-18 win over Jacksonville Jaguars.

In science:

President, an article appeared in the Washington Star on March 14, reporting that the Pentagon is about to start using depleted uranium to produce bullets.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
They seem to have chosen this material for bullets because uranium metal is dense, and because depleted uranium is cheap.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
As the hot gas is depleted, higher entropy material flows inwards and is adiabatically heated (i.e. it develops a hotter, less concentrated distribution) in order to maintain gravitational support.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
We find that nonequilibrium ionization can account for the soft rim in this region, but only if the refractory elements are present in the gas phase without serious depletion.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
The C-V curve measurement yields the depletion voltage of 65 V, therefore the following measurements are performed at 70 V bias.
Gamma-ray Polarimetry
The key problem with thick silicon detectors is that a high bias voltage must be applied to fully deplete the silicon and allow efficient collection of the charge produced by incident X-rays.
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer
The devices were fabricated by Photon Imaging from high resistivity silicon to lower the depletion voltage.
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer
M for the phase diagram to be sensitive to diffusional depletion and R.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
Ribosome depletion by the sink and replenishment by the source can drastically affect the constant k, β phase diagram, as shown in Figures 7.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
From the expression for the monomer density n1 = N (1 + t)−2, we see that monomers are depleted from the system only when the time becomes of the order of N 1/2 .
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
FIG. 10: Depletion procedure of a strong antiferromagnetic bond on the Haldane side.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
We may deplete this singlet spin pair and connect the neighboring spins by a new effective interaction bond.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
It is not good to deplete the strong antiferromagnetic bonds which are the ma jority.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
Depletion of the strong ferromagnetic bonds (the Haldane cluster) is possible, and weak effective bonds of the amplitude exp[−λ′n]28 may replace them.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
In particular, many inhibitory drugs bind to an enzyme and deplete its function by preventing the binding of the substrate.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design