Definition of Doldrums

1. Noun. A state of inactivity (in business or art etc). "Economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"




2. Noun. A belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific.
Generic synonyms: Air Current, Current Of Air, Wind

Definition of Doldrums

1. n. pl. 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.

Definition of Doldrums

1. Noun. 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 ¹

2. Noun. the state of boredom, malaise, apathy or lack of interest; a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Doldrums

1. a state of inactivity or stagnation [n]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Doldrums

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dolcettos
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doldrum
doldrums (current term)
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Literary usage of Doldrums

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1. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain) (1888)
"OBSERVATIONS ON CLOUD MOVEMENTS NEAR THE EQUATOR; and on the General Character of the Weather in the " doldrums." By HON. ..."

2. The Physical Geography of the Sea by Matthew Fontaine Maury (1857)
"The "doldrums," $ 583.—Oppressive Weather, 586.—Offices of the Clouds, 587. ... The " equatorial doldrums" is another of these calm places (§ 135). ..."

3. Weather: A Popular Exposition of the Nature of Weather Changes from Day to Day by Ralph Abercromby (1887)
"WEATHER IN THE doldrums. The equatorial belt constantly covers the Sahara and ... These sultry doldrums are much dreaded by sailors, for in them "a ship may ..."

4. King Mombo by Paul Belloni Du Chaillu (1902)
"CHAPTER IV THE " doldrums " —FIERCE HEAT OF THE SUN— STRONG LOCAL CURRENTS —THE ... doldrums," in the language of the sailor, means dull and low-spirited, ..."

5. Recollections of a Rebel Reefer by James Morris Morgan (1917)
"CHAPTER XIV The doldrums — Water-spouts — Bahia — Meet the Alabama — Changing ... The old sailors told me that we were in the "doldrums" — as they call that ..."

6. William Charles Macready by William Archer (1890)
"1823-1837 - THE doldrums. WE come now to what may be called the doldrums of Macready's career—" a region of calms, squalls, and light baffling winds. ..."

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