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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slump, slack, drop-off, falloff, falling offnoun

    a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality

    "the team went into a slump"; "a gradual slack in output"; "a drop-off in attendance"; "a falloff in quality"

  2. depression, slump, economic crisisverb

    a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment

  3. slump, slouchverb

    assume a drooping posture or carriage

  4. slump, slide down, sinkverb

    fall or sink heavily

    "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank"

  5. slump, fall off, sinkverb

    fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly

    "The real estate market fell off"

  6. decline, slump, correctverb

    go down in value

    "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped"


  1. slumpnoun

    A heavy or helpless collapse; a slouching or drooping posture; a period of poor activity or performance, especially an extended period.

  2. slumpverb

    To collapse heavily or helplessly.

    Exhausted, he slumped down onto the sofa.

  3. slumpverb

    To decline or fall off in activity or performance.

    Real estate prices slumped during the recession.

  4. slumpverb

    To slouch or droop.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slumpnoun

    the gross amount; the mass; the lump

  2. Slumpverb

    to lump; to throw into a mess

  3. Slumpverb

    to fall or sink suddenly through or in, when walking on a surface, as on thawing snow or ice, partly frozen ground, a bog, etc., not strong enough to bear the person

  4. Slumpnoun

    a boggy place

  5. Slumpnoun

    the noise made by anything falling into a hole, or into a soft, miry place

  6. Etymology: [Scot. slump a dull noise produced by something falling into a hole, a marsh, a swamp.]


  1. Slump

    A slump is a form of mass wasting that occurs when a coherent mass of loosely consolidated materials or rock layers moves a short distance down a slope. Movement is characterized by sliding along a concave-upward or planar surface. Causes of slumping include earthquake shocks, thorough wetting, freezing and thawing, undercutting, and loading of a slope. Translational slumps occur when a detached landmass moves along a planar surface. Common planar surfaces of failure include joints or bedding planes, especially where a permeable layer overrides an impermeable surface. Block slumps are a type of translational slump in which one or more related block units move downslope as a relatively coherent mass. Rotational slumps occur when a slump block, composed of sediment or rock, slides along a concave-upward slip surface with rotation about an axis parallel to the slope. Rotational movement causes the original surface of the block to become less steep, and the top of the slump is rotated backward. This results in internal deformation of the moving mass consisting chiefly of overturned folds called sheath folds. Slumps have several characteristic features. The cut which forms as the landmass breaks away from the slope is called the scarp and is often cliff-like and concave. In rotational slumps, the main slump block often breaks into a series of secondary slumps and associated scarps to form stair-step pattern of displaced blocks. The upper surface of the blocks are rotated backwards, forming depressions which may accumulate water to create ponds or swampy areas. The surface of the detached mass often remains relatively undisturbed, especially at the top. However, hummocky ridges may form near the toe of the slump. Addition of water and loss of sediment cohesion at the toe may transform slumping material into an earthflow. Transverse cracks at the head scarp drain water, possibly killing vegetation. Transverse ridges, transverse cracks and radial cracks form in displaced material on the foot of the slump.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slump

    slump, v.i. to fall or sink suddenly into water or mud: to fail or fall through helplessly.—n. a boggy place: the act of sinking into slush, &c., also the sound so made: a sudden fall or failure.—adj. Slump′y, marshy. [Cf. Dan. slumpe, to stumble upon by chance; Ger. schlumpen, to trail.]

  2. Slump

    slump, v.t. to throw into a lump or mass, to lump.—n. a gross amount, a lump.—n. Slump′-work, work in the lump. [Cf. Dan. slump, a lot, Dut. slomp, a mass.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slump in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slump in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of slump in a Sentence

  1. Sauli Vilen:

    The economic slump drives demand from high-end to discount stores. But if we see no recovery in Finland, even the discount stores can only grow by opening new units.

  2. Qi Yifeng:

    It's just a matter of whether it will fall more slowly, or continue to slump in freefall.

  3. Xiao Fu:

    The key might be in the second half, when we see whether the Chinese property cycle recovers modestly or if it continues to slump. That will be a key determinant in terms of how big the copper surplus will be, overall, I think that China restocking trends can be quite powerful and many market participants may be under-pricing that scenario.

  4. Lu Yahu:

    With this sort of slump, are we still in a bull market? Of course not, don't believe in rhetoric about the 'slow bull' in state media.

  5. Joanna Bonder:

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. witless
    • B. urban
    • C. transparent
    • D. victimised

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