deposition

Deposition means the act of putting something aside, whether you're putting aside a ruler, or putting aside legal testimony to be used later in a trial.

Deposition and the related deposit get a lot of use. At first their meanings seem unrelated––what do mineral deposits on the bathtub drain, putting your life savings in the bank, and a revolution overthrowing a king have in common? All three involve a process where something (minerals, money, king) are being "put down."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: deposition

1
n
the act of putting something somewhere
2
n
the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office
3
n
(law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: deposition
1

n the act of putting something somewhere

Synonyms:
deposit
Types:
repositing, reposition, storage, warehousing
depositing in a warehouse
stockpiling
accumulating and storing a reserve supply
Type of:
buildup
the act of building up an accumulation

n the natural process of laying down a deposit of something

Synonyms:
deposit
Types:
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electrodeposition
the deposition of a substance on an electrode by the action of electricity (especially by electrolysis)
pigmentation
the deposition of pigment in animals or plants or human beings
redeposition
deposition from one deposit to another
superposition
(geology) the deposition of one geological stratum on another
Type of:
accretion, accumulation
an increase by natural growth or addition
2

n the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office

Synonyms:
dethronement
Type of:
ouster, ousting
the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
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n (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office

Type of:
examination, interrogation, interrogatory
formal systematic questioning
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