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Meaning of deposition

dep•o•si•tion

Pronunciation: (dep"u-zish'un, dē"pu-), [key]
— n.
  1. removal from an office or position.
  2. the act or process of depositing: deposition of the documents with the Library of Congress.
  3. the state of being deposited or precipitated: deposition of soil at the mouth of a river.
  4. something that is deposited.
    1. the giving of testimony under oath.
    2. the testimony so given.
    3. a statement under oath, taken down in writing, to be used in court in place of the spoken testimony of the witness.
    1. the interment of the body of a saint.
    2. the reinterment of the body or the relics of a saint.
  5. (cap.) a work of art depicting Christ being lowered from the Cross.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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