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doldrums

[dohl-druh mz, dol-, dawl-] /ˈdoʊl drəmz, ˈdɒl-, ˈdɔl-/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art:
August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises.
2.
the doldrums.
  1. a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  2. the weather prevailing in this area.
3.
a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; obsolete dold stupid (see dolt) + -rum(s) (plural) noun suffix (see tantrum)
Synonyms
3. depression, gloom, melancholy, dejection.
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Examples for doldrums
  • The everyday doldrums are but a faint shade of true clinical depression, according to those who experience it.
  • The doldrums was never a place and should not be capitalized.
  • The reason the publishing industry is in such doldrums is that books aren't selling.
  • One reason for the current doldrums is that many firms still regret binge-buying during the bubble.
  • In spring the area's animals break out of their winter doldrums.
  • Life lazed through those doldrums for a million millennia.
  • Sponsorships and time-slot campaigns are the key to moving out of the doldrums of low-value, high-inventory web advertising.
  • And as usual, there's little time for appraisal, what with the primary coming so soon after the summer doldrums.
  • But withdrawal of even small parts of the stimulus packages can send an economy back into the doldrums.
  • Sleep researchers say waking with light is the best remedy for the winter doldrums.
British Dictionary definitions for doldrums

doldrums

/ˈdɒldrəmz/
noun the doldrums
1.
a depressed or bored state of mind
2.
a state of inactivity or stagnation
3.
  1. a belt of light winds or calms along the equator
  2. the weather conditions experienced in this belt, formerly a hazard to sailing vessels
Word Origin
C19: probably from Old English doldull, influenced by tantrum
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Word Origin and History for doldrums
n.

1811, from dulled, past participle of dullen, from Old English dol "foolish, dull," ending perhaps patterned on tantrum.

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doldrums in Science
doldrums
  (dōl'drəmz')   
A region of the globe found over the oceans near the equator in the intertropical convergence zone and having weather characterized variously by calm air, light winds, or squalls and thunderstorms. Hurricanes originate in this region.
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Idioms and Phrases with doldrums
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Encyclopedia Article for doldrums

equatorial regions of light ocean currents and winds within the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a belt of converging winds and rising air encircling the Earth near the Equator. The northeast and southeast trade winds meet there; this meeting causes air uplift and often produces clusters of convective thunderstorms. They occur along the Equator in the Indian and western Pacific oceans and slightly north of the Equator off the African and Central American west coasts. The crews of sailing ships dreaded the doldrums because their ships were often becalmed there; the designation for the resultant state of depression was apparently thus extended to these geographic regions themselves.

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