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doldrums (DOLE-druhmz) noun (used with a singular or plural verb).
1. A period of stagnation or slump. A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.
2. A region of the ocean near the equator, characterized by calms, light winds, or squalls. The weather conditions characteristic of these regions of the ocean.
[Alteration (influenced by tantrum), of obsolete doldrum, dullard, from Middle English dold, past participle of dullen, to dull, from dul, dull.]
"Mechai stressed that although small farms could serve as temporary
shelters during the economic doldrums, the focus of providing gainful
employment should be directed at environmental-preservation projects,
such as afforestation."
"In between, seasonally shifting weather patterns affect windflows and
produce doldrums and cyclones. Ships plying these waters must also allow
for the changing current flows that closely coincide with the wind
This week's theme: words about oceans and seas.
X-BonusThe mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)