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Meaning of DOWN

Pronunciation:  dawn, dawn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a complete play to advance the football; "you have 4 downs to gain 10 yards"
  2. [n]  soft fine feathers
  3. [n]  (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
  4. [n]  English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)
  5. [adv]  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"
  6. [adv]  away from a more central or a more northerly place; "was sent down to work at the regional office"; "worked down on the farm"; "came down for the wedding"; "flew down to Florida"
  7. [adv]  paid in cash at time of purchase; "put ten dollars down on the necklace"
  8. [adv]  in an inactive or inoperative state; "the factory went down during the strike"; "the computer went down again"
  9. [adv]  to a lower intensity; "he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black"
  10. [adv]  from an earlier time; "the story was passed down from father to son"
  11. [adj]  the fractional price paid in cash at time of purchase; "the down payment"; "a payment of $200 down"
  12. [adj]  not functioning (temporarily or permanently); "we can't work because the computer is down"
  13. [adj]  cut down; "the tree is down"
  14. [adj]  shut; "the shades were down"
  15. [adj]  understood perfectly; "had his algebra problems down"
  16. [adj]  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"
  17. [v]  improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
  18. [v]  bring down or defeat, in sports
  19. [v]  eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
  20. [v]  drink down entirely; "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"
  21. [v]  cause to come or go down; "The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect"; "The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet"
  22. [v]  shoot at and force to come down; of aircraft

DOWN is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: behind(p), belt down, bolt down, consume, cut, cut down, cut down, devour, down feather, down pat(p), downbound, downcast, downed, downfield, downward, downward(ip), downwardly, downwards, drink down, fallen, felled, fine-tune, fractional, go through, inoperative, John L. H. Down, kill, knock down, land, lowered, mastered, perfect, polish, pour down, pull down, push down, refine, set(p), shoot down, thrown, toss off, trailing
 Antonyms: up, up, upward, upwardly, upwards
 See Also: ameliorate, amend, better, civilise, civilize, cultivate, defeat, descending(a), doc, doctor, Dr., drink, duck down, eat, educate, feather, goose down, highland, imbibe, improve, low, MD, medico, meliorate, overcome, physician, play, plumage, plume, plumule, school, strike, submarine, swan's down, train, turn, upland



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Down\, n. [Akin to LG. dune, dun, Icel. d?nn, Sw. dun,
    Dan. duun, G. daune, cf. D. dons; perh. akin to E. dust.]
    1. Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of
       animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool; esp.:
       (a) (Zo["o]l.) The soft under feathers of birds. They have
           short stems with soft rachis and bards and long
           threadlike barbules, without hooklets.
       (b) (Bot.) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or
           envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the
       (c) The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.
                 And the first down begins to shade his face.
    2. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which
       affords ease and repose, like a bed of down
             When in the down I sink my head, Sleep, Death's twin
             brother, times my breath.             --Tennyson.
             Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares!
    {Down tree} (Bot.), a tree of Central America ({Ochroma
       Lagopus}), the seeds of which are enveloped in vegetable
  2. \Down\, v. t.
    To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down. [R.] --Young.
  3. \Down\, n. [OE. dun, doun, AS. d?n; of Celtic origin; cf.
    Ir. d?n hill, fortified hill, Gael. dun heap, hillock, hill,
    W. din a fortified hill or mount; akin to E. town. See
    {Town}, and cf. {Down}, adv. & prep., {Dune}.]
    1. A bank or rounded hillock of sand thrown up by the wind
       along or near the shore; a flattish-topped hill; --
       usually in the plural.
             Hills afford prospects, as they must needs
             acknowledge who have been on the downs of Sussex.
             She went by dale, and she went by down. --Tennyson.
    2. A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the
       sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the
       grazing of sheep; -- usually in the plural. [Eng.]
             Seven thousand broad-tailed sheep grazed on his
             downs.                                --Sandys.
    3. pl. A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits
       of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in
       time of war.
             On the 11th [June, 1771] we run up the channel . . .
             at noon we were abreast of Dover, and about three
             came to an anchor in the Downs, and went ashore at
             Deal.                                 --Cook (First
    4. pl. [From the adverb.] A state of depression; low state;
       abasement. [Colloq.]
             It the downs of life too much outnumber the ups.
                                                   --M. Arnold.
  4. \Down\, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad?n, ad?ne, prop., from
    or off the hill. See 3d {Down}, and cf. {Adown}, and cf.
    1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the
       earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below; --
       the opposite of up.
    2. Hence, in many derived uses, as:
       (a) From a higher to a lower position, literally or
           figuratively; in a descending direction; from the top
           of an ascent; from an upright position; to the ground
           or floor; to or into a lower or an inferior condition;
           as, into a state of humility, disgrace, misery, and
           the like; into a state of rest; -- used with verbs
           indicating motion.
                 It will be rain to-night. Let it come down.
                 I sit me down beside the hazel grove.
                 And that drags down his life.     --Tennyson.
                 There is not a more melancholy object in the
                 learned world than a man who has written himself
                 down.                             --Addison.
                 The French . . . shone down [i. e., outshone]
                 the English.                      --Shak.
       (b) In a low or the lowest position, literally or
           figuratively; at the bottom of a decent; below the
           horizon; of the ground; in a condition of humility,
           dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet.
                 I was down and out of breath.     --Shak.
                 The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.
                 He that is down needs fear no fall. --Bunyan.
    3. From a remoter or higher antiquity.
             Venerable men! you have come down to us from a
             former generation.                    --D. Webster.
    4. From a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a
       thicker consistence; as, to boil down in cookery, or in
       making decoctions. --Arbuthnot.
    Note: Down is sometimes used elliptically, standing for go
          down, come down, tear down, take down, put down, haul
          down, pay down, and the like, especially in command or
                Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.
                If he be hungry more than wanton, bread alone
                will down.                         --Locke.
          Down is also used intensively; as, to be loaded down;
          to fall down; to hang down; to drop down; to pay down.
                The temple of Her[`e] at Argos was burnt down.
                                                   (Thucyd. ).
          Down, as well as up, is sometimes used in a
          conventional sense; as, down East.
                Persons in London say down to Scotland, etc., and
                those in the provinces, up to London.
    {Down helm} (Naut.), an order to the helmsman to put the helm
       to leeward.
    {Down on} or {upon} (joined with a verb indicating motion, as
       go, come, pounce), to attack, implying the idea of
       threatening power.
             Come down upon us with a mighty power. --Shak.
    {Down with}, take down, throw down, put down; -- used in
       energetic command. ``Down with the palace; fire it.''
    {To be down on}, to dislike and treat harshly. [Slang, U.S.]
    {To cry down}. See under {Cry}, v. t.
    {To cut down}. See under {Cut}, v. t.
    {Up and down}, with rising and falling motion; to and fro;
       hither and thither; everywhere. ``Let them wander up and
       down.'' --Ps. lix. 15.
  5. \Down\, prep. [From {Down}, adv.]
    1. In a descending direction along; from a higher to a lower
       place upon or within; at a lower place in or on; as, down
       a hill; down a well.
    2. Hence: Towards the mouth of a river; towards the sea; as,
       to sail or swim down a stream; to sail down the sound.
    {Down the country}, toward the sea, or toward the part where
       rivers discharge their waters into the ocean.
    {Down the sound}, in the direction of the ebbing tide; toward
       the sea.
  6. \Down\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Downed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to
    overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down.
    [Archaic or Colloq.] ``To down proud hearts.'' --Sir P.
          I remember how you downed Beauclerk and Hamilton, the
          wits, once at our house.                 --Madame
  7. \Down\, v. i.
    To go down; to descend. --Locke.
  8. \Down\, a.
    1. Downcast; as, a down look. [R.]
    2. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial. [Obs.]
       --Beau. & Fl.
    3. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down
       grade; a down train on a railway.
    {Down draught}, a downward draft, as in a flue, chimney,
       shaft of a mine, etc.
    {Down in the mouth}, chopfallen; dejected.
Computing Dictionary

1. Not operating. "The up escalator is down" is considered a humorous thing to say, and "The elevator is down" always means "The elevator isn't working" and never refers to what floor the elevator is on. With respect to computers, this term has passed into the mainstream; the extension to other kinds of machine is still hackish.

2. "go down" To stop functioning; usually said of the system. The message from the console that every hacker hates to hear from the operator is "System going down in 5 minutes".

3. "take down", "bring down" To deactivate purposely, usually for repair work or pm. "I'm taking the system down to work on that bug in the tape drive." Occasionally one hears the word "down" by itself used as a verb in this sense.

See crash; opposite: up.

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are moving down, suggests that you have made a wrong decision or headed toward the wrong direction in life. "Going down" may also sexual connotation and be a metaphor for oral sex.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Fine, soft feathers; soft, fine hair.
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