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DEFLATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deflation mean? 

DEFLATION (noun)
  The noun DEFLATION has 3 senses:

1. (geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind
2. a contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices
3. the act of letting the air out of something

  Familiarity information: DEFLATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFLATION (noun)


Sense 1deflation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Context example:

a constant deflation of the desert landscape

Hypernyms ("deflation" is a kind of...):

eating away; eroding; erosion; wearing; wearing away ((geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it))

Domain category:

geology (a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks)


Sense 2deflation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("deflation" is a kind of...):

economic process (any process affecting the production and development and management of material wealth)

Antonym:

disinflation (a reduction of prices intended to improve the balance of payments)

inflation (a general and progressive increase in prices)


Sense 3deflation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of letting the air out of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("deflation" is a kind of...):

decrease; diminution; reduction; step-down (the act of decreasing or reducing something)

Antonym:

inflation (the act of filling something with air)


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