• WordNet 3.6
    • v slump fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly "The real estate market fell off"
    • v slump go down in value "the stock market corrected","prices slumped"
    • v slump fall or sink heavily "He slumped onto the couch","My spirits sank"
    • v slump assume a drooping posture or carriage
    • n slump 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"
    • n slump a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slump A boggy place.
    • Slump A falling or declining, esp. suddenly and markedly; a falling off; as, a slump in trade, in stock market prices, in a batter's average, etc.
    • n Slump The gross amount; the mass; the lump.
    • Slump The noise made by anything falling into a hole, or into a soft, miry place.
    • Slump 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. "The latter walk on a bottomless quag, into which unawares they may slump ."
    • v. t Slump To lump; to throw into a mess. "These different groups . . . are exclusively slumped together under that sense."
    • Slump To slide or slip on a declivity, so that the motion is perceptible; -- said of masses of earth or rock.
    • Slump To undergo a slump, or sudden decline or falling off; as, the stock slumped ten points.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slump To fall or sink suddenly when walking on a surface, as on ice or frozen ground, not strong enough to support one; walk with sinking feet; sink, as in snow or mud.
    • slump Hence, to fail or fall through ignominiously: often with through; as, the plan slumped through.
    • n slump A boggy place; soft, swampy ground; a marsh; a swamp.
    • n slump The noise made by anything falling into a hole or slump.
    • n slump The act of slumping through weak ice or any frozen surface, or into melting snow or slush.
    • n slump Hence, an ignominious coming to naught; complete failure; also, a sudden fall, as of prices: as, a slump in stock from 150 to 90.
    • n slump A gross amount; a block; lump: as, to buy or take things in the slump: also used attributively: as, a slump sum.
    • slump To throw or bring into a mass; regard as a mass or as a whole; lump.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Slump slump to fall or sink suddenly into water or mud: to fail or fall through helplessly
    • n Slump a boggy place: the act of sinking into slush, &c., also the sound so made: a sudden fall or failure
    • v.t Slump slump to throw into a lump or mass, to lump
    • n Slump a gross amount, a lump
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  • William S. Burroughs
    “There is the pleasurable orgasm, like a rising sales graph, and there is the unpleasurable orgasm, slumping ominously like the Dow Jones in 1929.”
  • Johnny Bench
    Johnny Bench
    “Slumps are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get out of.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. slomp, a mass, heap, Dan. slump, a quantity, and E. slump, v.t


In literature:

When the slump came all were heavily committed to the bull side.
"The Tipster" by Edwin Lefevre
Nancy sighed, and slumped against him, the left side of her breast suddenly glossy with blood.
"The Last Place on Earth" by James Judson Harmon
I tried it one day just after Miss Wayne left, and I slumped right flat on the floor.
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Four of the little ships slumped in incandescence.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
Wiley stirred, grunted and then slumped forward, his head resting upon his arms.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
There was a ripping noise and he screamed thinly, then slumped to the pavement.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
Through the dirty glass, Duke could see a young man of about twenty sitting slumped behind a battered desk.
"Victory" by Lester del Rey
He limped around the little room a couple of times and then slumped dejectedly into a chair.
"Shock Absorber" by E.G. von Wald
The taut body slumped against the bed and the contorted features relaxed.
"The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz
The little slump which he had allowed to creep into his work recently was over.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
You don't know what to do, and in most cases you slump back into mediocrity.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
She brushed back the hair from her face and slumped.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Slumped on my spine, I was watching a spider, just over my head, that was leisurely ascending his shining rope-ladder to the ceiling.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
He stumbled along to a corner of the wareroom where he slumped on a keg of nails.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
But, after all, even a poor colyumist must be allowed to slump occasionally.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He slumped down, feeling as though his own heart would stop, too.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
And lately, it seems to me, he's had an awful slump in his ambition.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
One man slumped heavily and lay quite still.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
Her shoulders slumped in sudden defeat.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
With a painful slump her spirits went heavy with her sympathy.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

Well, enough of slump, enough of Old Story.
Like a clean spear of fire I am moving.
I am not still. I am ready to be ready.
I shall flail in the Hot Time.
"The Near-Johannesburg Boy" by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks
By the side of yon river he weeps and he slumps,
The boots fill with water, as if they were pumps,
Till, sated with rapture, he steals to his bed,
With a glow in his heart and a cold in his head.
"Lines -- for Berkshire Jubilee, Aug. 23, 1844" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Mudville squad began to slump, the team was in the air;
Their playing went from bad to worse - nobody seemed to care.
"Back to the woods with Casey!" was the cry from Rooters' Row.
"Get some one who can hit the ball, and let that big dub go!"
"Casey's Revenge" by Henry Grantland Rice

In news:

Jered Weaver has hit a bit of a slump.
Soph slump for Kerley.
Is a sophomore slump looming.
House freshmen class already in a sophomoric slump.
Steel Industry , in Slump, Looks to Federal Stimulus.
Red Sox's most consistent starter can't set slumping club straight.
Scotland's Slow Uptake of Professional Rugby Reflected in National Side's Slump.
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Francisco Rodriguez slumped to the floor outside the Mets' clubhouse after speaking with reporters Saturday night, and couldn't stand up without help.
Some Gentlemen's Clubs Strip Down Upscale Offerings as Business Slumps.
Slumping Stroud has 5 weeks to regroup.
Vince Young tried to walk off the field, then slumped back to the ground in pain from a sprained knee.
Angels have 'strategy meeting' with slumping Wilson.
A fall in tankship bookings by China due to stockpiling & slowdown in its economic growth sets scene for probable 10% slump.
The slumping super sub, who was in an 0-for-14 slide at the plate, came home Monday from the road trip to follow through on a uniform change.
Kicking the dog isn't Chase Headley's style when he's mired in a slump.

In science:

The most significant advantage of this design is that it removes the requirement to build a single large mirror which would be problematic in terms of cost, weight and gravitational slumping.
An Overview of The VERITAS Prototype Telescope And Camera
Hence, when the powerful irradiation glows onto the WD; from the fireball ejected as part of the disk matter slumps onto the NS, it is partially absorbed.
A white dwarf-neutron star relativistic binary model for soft gamma-ray repeaters
The disk becomes unstable due to gravitational runaway or Jeans instability, partially slumps and inspirals onto the NS.
A white dwarf-neutron star relativistic binary model for soft gamma-ray repeaters
For the October test we used a slumped glass parabolic mirror (1.8 m diameter) as the secondary optic.
Prototype Test Results of the Solar Tower Atmospheric Cherenkov Effect Experiment (STACEE)
However, when we reach m ≥ d.f. there will be a slump in the size of the error.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
They are made from glass, slumped and polished and then coated with aluminium and anodized at a dedicated facility on-site.
Status and Performance of the First VERITAS telescope