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1. A strong downward current of air.
2. A downward trend; downturn: The business hit a downdraft.


(ˈdaʊnˌdræft, -ˌdrɑft)

a downward current, as of air.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downdraft - a strong downward air current
draft, draught - a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
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Scope : Construction of the Solar Wind Downdraft Tower in Arizona, United States.
For the first time, exterior ducting issues will not limit the choices of those who have a standard 30-inch space and prefer the high performance downdraft ventilation our brand offers," notes Jenn-Air marketing director Brian Maynard.
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At an altitude of nearly 30,000 feet, Fossett said he thought he had safely risen over the storm when a violent downdraft hit the big Solo Spirit balloon.
Short interest is clearly a concern, but only becomes an issue if CAT hits a sudden downdraft and takes out its technical support, which doesn't seem likely at this point.
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