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down·ward

 (doun′wərd)
adv. or down·wards (-wərdz)
1. In, to, or toward a lower place, level, or position: floating downward.
2. Toward a lower position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: slid downward into poverty.
3. Toward the feet or lower parts: clothed from the waist downward.
4. Toward a lower amount, degree, or rank: stocks plummeted downward.
5. From a prior source or earlier time: passed downward through the ages.
adj.
Directed toward a lower place or position: downward movement.

down′ward·ly adv.

downward

(ˈdaʊnwəd)
adj
1. descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
2. descending from a beginning
adv
a variant of downwards
ˈdownwardly adv
ˈdownwardness n

down•ward

(ˈdaʊn wərd)

adv.
1. Also, down′wards. from a higher to a lower level or condition.
2. from a source or beginning.
3. from a past time to the present.
adj.
4. moving to a lower level or condition.
5. descending from a source or beginning.
[1150–1200]
down′ward•ly, adv.
down′ward•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.downward - extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; "the down staircase"; "the downward course of the stream"
descending - coming down or downward
2.downward - on or toward a surface regarded as a base; "he lay face downward"; "the downward pull of gravity"
down - being or moving lower in position or less in some value; "lay face down"; "the moon is down"; "our team is down by a run"; "down by a pawn"; "the stock market is down today"
Adv.1.downward - spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position; "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and skied down"; "prices plunged downward"
up, upward, upwardly, upwards - spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position; "look up!"; "the music surged up"; "the fragments flew upwards"; "prices soared upwards"; "upwardly mobile"

downward

adjective descending, declining, heading down, earthward a downward movement

downward

adjective
Moving or sloping down:
Translations
من أعْلى إلى أسْفَلنَحْوَ الأسْفَل
klesající
lefelé irányuló
niîur-, niîur á viî
klesajúci
navzdol
aşağı doğru

downward

[ˈdaʊnwəd]
A. ADJ [curve, movement] → descendente; [slope] → hacia abajo; [tendency] → a la baja
B. ADV [go, look] → hacia abajo
from the President downwardtodos, incluso el Presidente

downward

[ˈdaʊnwərd]
adj [movement] → vers le bas
a downward trend → une tendance à la baisse
advvers le bas

downward

adv (also downwards) look, point, extend, movenach unten; to work downward(s)sich nach unten vorarbeiten; to slope gently downward(s)sanft abfallen; face downward(s) (person) → mit dem Gesicht nach unten; (book) → mit der aufgeschlagenen Seite nach unten; movement downward(s) (in price, value) → Rückgang m; to move downward(s) (figure, rate)sinken, fallen; everyone from the Queen downward(s)jeder, bei der Königin angefangen; our estimates have been revised downward(s)unsere Kalkulation wurde nach unten korrigiert; to spiral downward(s) (prices)stürzen; the economy is spiralling (Brit) or spiraling (US) downward(s)mit der Wirtschaft geht es rapide bergab
adj strokenach unten; downward compatibilityAbwärtskompatibilität f; downward compatibleabwärtskompatibel; she made a bold downward stroke with the paintbrushsie machte einen kühnen Pinselstrich nach unten; downward movementAbwärtsbewegung f; apply foundation in a downward directiontragen Sie die Grundierung von oben nach unten auf; downward slopeAbhang m; downward gradient (Brit) or grade (US) → Gefälle nt; downward trendAbwärtstrend m; downward spiralstetiger Rückgang; he’s on the downward path (fig)mit ihm gehts bergab; the dollar resumed its downward path or slide against the yender Dollar fiel weiter gegen den Yen; a downward slide in pricesein Preisrutsch m; to take a downward turnsich zum Schlechteren wenden; to put downward pressure on wages/pricesdie Löhne/Preise (nach unten) drücken

downward

[ˈdaʊnwəd] adj (curve, movement etc) → in giù, verso il basso; (slope) → in discesa
a downward trend → una diminuzione progressiva
a downward trend in prices → una tendenza al ribasso dei prezzi

down1

(daun) adverb
1. towards or in a low or lower position, level or state. He climbed down to the bottom of the ladder.
2. on or to the ground. The little boy fell down and cut his knee.
3. from earlier to later times. The recipe has been handed down in our family for years.
4. from a greater to a smaller size, amount etc. Prices have been going down steadily.
5. towards or in a place thought of as being lower, especially southward or away from a centre. We went down from Glasgow to Bristol.
preposition
1. in a lower position on. Their house is halfway down the hill.
2. to a lower position on, by, through or along. Water poured down the drain.
3. along. The teacher's gaze travelled slowly down the line of children.
verb
to finish (a drink) very quickly, especially in one gulp. He downed a pint of beer.
ˈdownward adjective
leading, moving etc down. a downward curve.
ˈdownward(s) adverb
towards a lower position or state. The path led downward (s) towards the sea.
down-and-ˈout noun, adjective
(a person) having no money and no means of earning a living. a hostel for down-and-outs.
ˌdown-at-ˈheel adjective
shabby, untidy and not well looked after or well-dressed.
ˈdowncast adjective
(of a person) depressed; in low spirits. a downcast expression.
ˈdownfall noun
a disastrous fall, especially a final failure or ruin. the downfall of our hopes.
ˌdownˈgrade verb
to reduce to a lower level, especially of importance. His job was downgraded.
ˌdownˈhearted adjective
depressed and in low spirits, especially lacking the inclination to carry on with something. Don't be downhearted! – we may yet win.
ˌdownˈhill adverb
1. down a slope. The road goes downhill all the way from our house to yours.
2. towards a worse and worse state. We expected him to die, I suppose, because he's been going steadily downhill for months.
downˈhill racing noun
racing downhill on skis.
downˈhill skiing noun
ˌdown-in-the-ˈmouth adjective
miserable; in low spirits.
down payment
a payment in cash, especially to begin the purchase of something for which further payments will be made over a period of time.
ˈdownpour noun
a very heavy fall of rain.
ˈdownright adverb
plainly; there's no other word for it. I think he was downright rude!
adjective
He is a downright nuisance!
ˈdownstairs adjective
, ˌdownˈstairsadverb on or towards a lower floor. He walked downstairs; I left my book downstairs; a downstairs flat.
ˌdownˈstream adverb
further along a river towards the sea. We found/rowed the boat downstream.
ˌdown-to-ˈearth adjective
practical and not concerned with theories, ideals etc. She is a sensible, down-to-earth person.
ˈdowntown adjective
(American) the part (of a city) containing the main centres for business and shopping. downtown Manhattan.
ˌdownˈtown adverb
(also down town) in or towards this area. to go downtown; I was down town yesterday.
ˈdown-trodden adjective
badly treated; treated without respect. a down-trodden wife.
be/go down with
to be or become ill with. The children all went down with measles.
down on one's luck
having bad luck.
down tools
to stop working. When the man was sacked his fellow workers downed tools and walked out.
down with
get rid of. Down with the dictator!
get down to
to begin working seriously at or on. I must get down to some letters!
suit (someone) down to the ground
to suit perfectly. That arrangement will suit me down to the ground.
References in classic literature ?
Laurence seemed to suspect that something was brewing in her mind, for after taking several brisk turns about the room, he faced round on her, speaking so abruptly that Rasselas tumbled face downward on the floor.
Lying face downward she wept and beat with her fists upon the pillow.
and he pointed to a square opening, perhaps seven feet high and nearly as broad, which extended, no one knew where, downward and onward from the side of the hole made by the uprooting of the trees.
It's like the choice ointment, From the head to the beard did go; Down Aaron's head, that downward went His garment's skirts unto.
Of their legal tenure there could be no question; but old Matthew Maule, it is to be feared, trode downward from his own age to a far later one, planting a heavy footstep, all the way, on the conscience of a Pyncheon.
She clutched the child so fiercely to her breast that it sent forth a cry; she turned her eyes downward at the scarlet letter, and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and the shame were real.
And ever, as the white moon shows her affrighted face from the steep gullies in the blackness overhead, aghast Jonah sees the rearing bowsprit pointing high upward, but soon beat downward again towards the tormented deep.
And there with the strained craft steeply leaning over to it, by reason of the enormous downward drag from the lower mast-head, and every yard-arm on that side projecting like a crane over the waves; there, that blood-dripping head hung to the Pequod's waist like the giant Holofernes's from the girdle of Judith.
Instead of making the bed, she would amuse herself with pulling off the pillowcases, butting her woolly head among the pillows, till it would sometimes be grotesquely ornamented with feathers sticking out in various directions; she would climb the posts, and hang head downward from the tops; flourish the sheets and spreads all over the apartment; dress the bolster up in Miss Ophelia's night-clothes, and enact various performances with that,--singing and whistling, and making grimaces at herself in the looking-glass; in short, as Miss Ophelia phrased it, "raising Cain" generally.
It reminded me, somehow, of one of those colossal billows which swells suddenly up beside one's ship, at sea, sometimes, with its crest and shoulders snowy white, and the rest of its noble proportions streaked downward with creamy foam.
It is solid ivory, polished like a mirror, and is four or five inches long--round, and as thick as a large man's wrist, with the end squared off flat, for your thumb to rest on; for you grasp it, with your thumb resting on the blunt end-- so--and lift it along and strike downward.
But when he emerged from the towel, he was not yet satisfactory, for the clean territory stopped short at his chin and his jaws, like a mask; below and beyond this line there was a dark expanse of unirrigated soil that spread downward in front and backward around his neck.