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Definitions for doldrums
ˈdoʊl drəmz, ˈdɒl-, ˈdɔl-dol·drums

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stagnation, stagnancy, doldrumsnoun

    a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)

    "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"

  2. doldrumsnoun

    a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific

Wiktionary

  1. doldrumsnoun

    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

  2. doldrumsnoun

    the state of boredom, malaise, apathy or lack of interest; a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium

    I was in the doldrums yesterday and just didn't feel inspired.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doldrums

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. Gael. doltrum grief, vexation?]

Freebase

  1. Doldrums

    Doldrums were an American post-rock band formed in Fairfax, Virginia, United States. Formed in 1994, the group consisted of guitarist Justin Chearno, bassist Bill Kellum and drummer Matt Kellum. Most of the band's music is completely improvised, with little or no overdubs. Bill Kellum has cited psychedelic music and krautrock as being particularly influential to him. The band never toured and has not released an album since 2000's Feng Shui.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Doldrums

    dol′drumz, n.pl. (naut.) those parts of the ocean about the equator where calms and baffling winds prevail: low spirits. [Prob. conn. with dold, stupid, or dol = dull.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Doldrums

    a zone of the tropics where calms, squalls, and baffling winds prevail.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. doldrums

    Those parts of the sea where calms are known to prevail. They exist between and on the polar sides of the trade-winds, but vary their position many degrees of latitude in the course of the year, depending upon the sun's declination. Also applied to a person in low spirits.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of doldrums in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of doldrums in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of doldrums in a Sentence

  1. Norihiro Fujito:

    Those tech firm shares have been in a bit of the doldrums since August but they are likely to lead the market again, given their solid outlook.

  2. Norihiro Fujito:

    Microsoft’s earnings were superb, even compared with strong market expectations, those tech firm shares have been in a bit of the doldrums since August but they are likely to lead the market again, given their solid outlook.

  3. Erik Stavseth:

    Our view is that LNG freight rates will remain in the doldrums this year.

  4. Emile Cardon:

    Market participants are of the view (after strong U.S. jobs data on Friday) that the worries about the global economy are overdone but then this weekend we saw some disappointment in the China exports, emerging markets are in the doldrums again and that is having a negative impact on sentiment.

  5. John Kinsey:

    Today might be quiet, but at some stage, there's going to be some action, because we are at the end of the month and the end of quarter ... there will be window dressing coming, the commodities are weaker because the oil prices have slid under $60 (a barrel) and are down again today, so that's got oil and energy stocks a little bit in the doldrums.

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