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Toward, at, or on the front part of a stage.
adj. (doun′stāj′)
Of or relating to the front part of a stage.
n. (doun′stāj′)
The front half of a stage.
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(ˈdaʊnˈsteɪdʒ) theatre
(Theatre) at or towards the front of the stage
(Theatre) of or relating to the front of the stage
(Theatre) the front half of the stage
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(adv., n. ˈdaʊnˈsteɪdʒ; adj. ˈdaʊnˌsteɪdʒ)

1. at or toward the front of the stage.
2. of, pertaining to, or done at or toward the front of the stage: a downstage exit.
3. the front half of the stage.
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The front part of a stage, toward the audience.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downstage - the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)
stage - a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"
theater stage, theatre stage - a stage in a theater on which actors can perform
Adj.1.downstage - of the front half of a stage
upstage - of the back half of a stage; "she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience"
Adv.1.downstage - at or toward the front of the stage; "the actors moved further and further downstage"
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
upstage - at or toward the rear of the stage; "the dancers were directed to move upstage"
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