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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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If researchers can determine how tall the cliff was originally, the amount of slumping could indicate the strength and perhaps the composition of the cliff, she notes.
The Papua New Guinea disaster may provide a stark lesson on the dangers of slumping.