from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A period of stagnation or slump.
- n.pl. A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.
- n.pl. A region of the ocean near the equator, characterized by calms, light winds, or squalls.
- n.pl. The weather conditions characteristic of these regions of the ocean.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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
- n. the state of boredom, malaise, apathy or lack of interest; a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Low spirits; the dumps: as, he is in the doldrums.
- Nautical, certain parts of the ocean near the equator that a bound in calms, squalls, and light baffling winds; also, the calms or variations of weather characteristic of those parts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific
- n. a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)
Conservatives have built up the myth of Reagan as being well-loved throughout his presidency, but he hit the same midterm doldrums Obama now finds himself in, and for almost exactly the same reason -- the economy was in the same doldrums, and it wasn't recovering fast enough to do the president any good politically.
They could have added that the Academy, in doldrums at the time, was ill-equipped for the sensitive task.
"We're looking for that magic they call the doldrums," she says.
Yet questions over Rove’s role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame have proven troublesome for a White House already struggling under the weight of second term doldrums and worries about the war in Iraq.
"The second-term doldrums have really set in," said a White House aide.
The French called the doldrums the pot au noir, the “pitch pot,” a black hole that sucked up mariners and never let go.
Another symptom alarming to those who were familiar with the different stages of his doldrums was his increasing politeness and a tendency to use formal phrases.
He caught -- his nurse could not tell how -- a complaint common to the people of Nomansland, called the doldrums, as unpleasant as measles or any other of our complaints; and it made him restless, cross, and disagreeable.
The globe-girdling belt called the doldrums is 20 degrees wide, and the thread called the equator lies along the middle of it.
Nomansland, called the doldrums, which made him restless, cross and disagreeable.