Downs


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Downs

 (dounz)
Two roughly parallel ranges of chalk hills in southeast England. The North Downs extend about 160 km (100 mi) from west to east; the South Downs, about 105 km (65 mi).

downs

(daʊnz)
pl n
1. (Physical Geography) Also called: downland rolling upland, esp in the chalk areas of S Britain, characterized by lack of trees and used mainly as pasture
2. Austral and NZ a flat grassy area, not necessarily of uplands

Downs

(daʊnz)
n
1. (Placename) any of various ranges of low chalk hills in S England, esp the South Downs in Sussex
2. (Placename) a roadstead off the SE coast of Kent, protected by the Goodwin Sands

Downs, the

(daʊnz)
n.
1. a range of low ridges in S and SW England.
2. a roadstead in the Strait of Dover, between SE England and Goodwin Sands.
Translations

downs

[ˈdaʊnz] npl (British) (= hills) → collines fpl dénudées
the Downs collines crayeuses du sud-est de l'Angleterre
References in classic literature ?
As I fumbled around for the matches, knocking things down with my quaking hands, I wished the sun would rise in the middle of the day, when it was warm and bright and cheerful, and one wasn't sleepy.
One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable.
when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT- POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
Natasha, pale, with a fixed look, was sitting on the bench under the icons just where she had sat down on arriving and paid no attention to her father's words.
It was in the afternoon, and a bright sun was shining down on a world of new green.
I noticed some pieces of limbs and such things floating down, and a sprinkling of bark; so I knowed the river had begun to rise.
When he had seen him spring, a free man, to his feet, and had given vent to the transport of delight which the sight awakened, he went to work upon his own, which soon fell rattling down upon the ground, and left his limbs unfettered.
And a twenty or twenty-five foot deliberate drop clear down to the ground was nothing to us.
Deep and full and strong it thundered down the ravine, the fierce battle-call of a warrior race, the last stern welcome to whoso should join with them in that world-old game where the stake is death.
Although Vasili Andreevich felt quite warm in his two fur coats, especially after struggling in the snow-drift, a cold shiver ran down his back on realizing that he must really spend the night where they were.
WHEN these stumps were full, they began to empty the bags into a hole high up a tree, that had belonged to a wood-pecker; the nuts rattled down--down-- down inside.
Bring your chair down the plank-way, close to the water's edge.