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slump

1. a decline in commercial activity, prices, etc.
2. Economics another word for depression
3. a slipping of earth or rock; landslide

slump

[sləmp]
(geology)
A type of landslide characterized by the downward slipping of a mass of rock or unconsolidated debris, moving as a unit or several subsidiary units, characteristically with backward rotation on a horizontal axis parallel to the slope; common on natural cliffs and banks and on the sides of artificial cuts and fills.

slump

A measure of consistency of freshly mixed concrete, mortar, or stucco; equal to the decrease in height, measured to the nearest ¼ in. (6 mm) of the molded mass immediately after its removal from a slump cone.
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The sector indices fell by varying degrees, with the biggest decline being seen in the service sector, which slumped by 5 per cent.
The inflows came after a tough few months in which shares slumped, tracking the rupee that plumbed record lows.
The FTSE 100 Index slumped more than 3% or 172 points to 5119.5, though this was better than markets in Europe where signs of borrowing costs in Spain and Italy creeping up again hammered Paris and Frankfurt indices by over 4%.
KEN DOHERTY failed in his bid to reach the World Snooker Championship as the 1997 champion and three-time finalist slumped to defeat against Gerard Greene in the final qualifying round.
Jurors yesterday heard a neighbour of Jill Dando describe how she found the TV presenter slumped in her doorway covered in blood.
At the far end other elements of the composition were preserved in something resembling the original constellation: the green-fudge mutant slumped in his chair, the axe-wielding psycho woman, the armless soda sipper, all gathered around the fire.
The growth rate of investment slumped to about 10 percent from over 60 percent.
As Young slumped to his knees, Brett Schott, an unarmed, plain-clothes Wal-Mart security guard, jumped on Beckman from behind.
On one dive, the researchers discovered a fresh, amphitheater-shaped scar, created when a giant chunk of sediment slumped downhill.
The New York Stock Exchange slumped 3.14%, NASDAQ dropped 3.20% and AMEX fell 9.1%.