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dol·drums / ˈdōldrəmz; ˈdäl-; ˈdôl-/ • pl. n. (the doldrums) low spirits; a feeling of boredom or depression: color catalogs will rid you of February doldrums. ∎  a period of inactivity or a state of stagnation: the mortgage market has been in the doldrums for three years. ∎  an equatorial region of the Atlantic Ocean with calms, sudden storms, and light unpredictable winds.

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doldrums (dŏl´drəmz) or equatorial belt of calms, area around the earth centered slightly north of the equator between the two belts of trade winds. The large amount of solar radiation that arrives at the earth in this area causes intense heating of the land and ocean. This heating results in the rising of warm, moist air; low air pressure; cloudiness; high humidity; light, variable winds; and various forms of severe weather, such as thunderstorms and squalls. Hurricanes originate in this region. The doldrums are also noted for calms, periods when the winds disappear, trapping sailing vessels for days or weeks.

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doldrums the condition of a ship making no headway; a region of calms, sudden storms, and light unpredictable winds near the Equator; in figurative usage, a state or period of little activity or progress in affairs. The word is recorded (as doldrum ‘dull, sluggish person’) from the late 18th century, and may come from dull, on the pattern of tantrums.

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doldrums Region of the ocean near the Equator, characterized by calms, and light and variable winds. It corresponds approximately to a belt of low pressure around the Equator.

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doldrums XIX. prob. orig. dial. or sl. f. dol DULL.

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doldrums The oceanic equatorial zone, which has low pressure and light, variable winds. The zone moves seasonally north and south of the equator.

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doldrums The oceanic equatorial zone, which has low pressure and light, variable winds. The zone moves seasonally north and south of the equator.