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doldrums


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Doldrums  \Dol"drums\,  n.  pl  [Cf.  Gael.  doltrum  grief, 
  vexation?] 
  A  part  of  the  ocean  near  the  equator,  abounding  in  calms, 
  squalls,  and  light,  baffling  winds,  which  sometimes  prevent 
  all  progress  for  weeks;  --  so  called  by  sailors. 
 
  {To  be  in  the  doldrums},  to  be  in  a  state  of  listlessness 
  ennui,  or  tedium. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  doldrums 
  n  1:  a  state  of  inactivity  (in  business  or  art  etc);  "economic 
  growth  of  less  than  1%  per  year  is  considered  to  be 
  economic  stagnation"  [syn:  {stagnation},  {stagnancy}] 
  2:  a  belt  of  calms  and  light  winds  between  the  northern  and 
  southern  trade  winds  of  the  Atlantic  and  Pacific  [syn:  {the 
  doldrums}] 




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