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Definition of Slum

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poor neighborhood, densely populated poverty-stricken area of a city; run-down and squalid residence that is unfit for human habitation
visit slums, visit poor run-down neighborhoods (especially out of curiosity or for entertainment)
Slum Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Same as Slimes.
A foul back street of a city, especially one filled with a poor, dirty, degraded, and often vicious population; any low neighborhood or dark retreat; -- usually in the plural; as, Westminster slums are haunts for theives.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
Australian Slang
be living in circumstances below one's usual or expected standard of living
WordNet 2.0

1. a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditions
(synonym) slum area
(hypernym) city district
(hyponym) shantytown

1. visit slums for entertainment or out of curiosity
(hypernym) visit, see
(derivation) slum area
Slum Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
[File:Urban population living in slums.png|thumb|right|350px|Urban population living in slums, as of 2001. ]] A slum is a heavily populated urban informal settlement characterized by substandard housing and squalor. While slums differ in size and other characteristics from country to country, most lack reliable sanitation services, supply of clean water, reliable electricity, timely law enforcement and other basic services. Slum residences vary from shanty houses to professionally built dwellings that because of poor-quality design or construction have deteriorated into slums.

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