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dol·drums(dōl′drəmz′, dôl′-, dŏl′-)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. A period of stagnation or slump.
b. A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.
a. A region of the ocean near the equator, characterized by calms, light winds, or squalls.
b. The weather conditions characteristic of these regions of the ocean.
[From obsolete doldrum, dullard, alteration (influenced by tantrum) of Middle English dold, past participle of dullen, to dull, from dul, dull; see dull.]
1. a depressed or bored state of mind
2. a state of inactivity or stagnation
3. (Physical Geography)
a. a belt of light winds or calms along the equator
b. the weather conditions experienced in this belt, formerly a hazard to sailing vessels
[C19: probably from Old English dol dull, influenced by tantrum]
dol•drums(ˈdoʊl drəmz, ˈdɒl-, ˈdɔl-)
1. a state of inactivity or stagnation.
2. a dull, depressed mood; low spirits.
3. the doldrums,
a. a belt of calms and light baffling winds N of the equator between the N and S trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
b. the weather prevailing in this area.
[1795–1805; obsolete dold stupid]
A region of the globe found over the oceans near the equator, having weather characterized variously by calm air, light winds, or squalls and thunderstorms. Hurricanes originate in this region.
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|Noun||1.||doldrums - a state of inactivity (in business or art etc); "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"|
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
|2.||doldrums - a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific|
in the doldrums slow, quiet, slack, static, sluggish, stagnant, inactive, inert The economy is in the doldrums.