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doldrums  n. pl.  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.
To be in the doldrums, to be in a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium.

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"Doldrums" Quotes from Famous Books

... not have much education," said he, "but let me tell you this, Captain Fourneau, I've sailed these waters since I was a little nipper of ten, and I know the line when I'm on it, and I know the doldrums, and I know how to find my way to the oil rivers. We are south of the line now, and we should be steering due east instead of due south if your port is the port that the ...
— The Adventures of Gerard • Arthur Conan Doyle

... enjoy a little extra doldrums at what might have made a longshoreman peevish. He mopped sweat and fanned himself with a newspaper till he grew frantic. He flung down the paper and rose with ...
— We Can't Have Everything • Rupert Hughes

... craft, however, was what Bluewater Bill termed "a masterful man." Despite the urgent entreaties of his depleted crew to put into some port and refit, he kept on, with favoring breezes, and soon entered what are called the "doldrums" in which fierce hurricanes alternate with periods of dead flat calm in which a ship will float on a rippleless sea "as idle as a painted craft upon a painted ocean." The Eleanor Jones drifted about in one of these flat, hopeless ...
— The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest • Captain Wilbur Lawton

Words linked to "Doldrums" :   inactiveness, stagnancy, stagnation, inactivity, business enterprise, commercial enterprise, art, artistic creation, current of air

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