I. intransitive verb Etymology: probably imitative Date: circa 1677 1. a. to fall or sink suddenly b. to drop or slide down suddenly ; collapse <
slumped to the floor
2. to assume a drooping posture or carriage ; slouch 3. to go into a slump <
sales slumped
II. noun Date: 1887 1. a. a marked or sustained decline especially in economic activity or prices <
a post-election slump
b. a period of poor or losing play by a team or individual <
one spring I was in a batting slump — Ted Williams
2. a downward slide of a mass of rock or land

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(as in walking on snow),

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