In Maven, dependency is another archive—JAR, ZIP, and so on—which your current project needs in order to compile, build, test, and/or to run. 3 days ago · Dependency management is a core feature of Maven. How Maven works · The POM: The file that describes a Maven project and its dependencies. If you mean a maven dependency, that is a library, framework or otherwise JAR file that is stored on a remote server and upon the proper detailed information. Maven - Manage Dependencies · Transitive Dependencies Discovery · Dependency Scope · Dependency Management.