|1.||a depressed or bored state of mind|
|2.||a state of inactivity or stagnation|
|3.||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|
see in the 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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