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Meaning of DOWNWARD

Pronunciation:  'dawnwurd

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

DOWNWARD is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: down, downwardly, downwards
 Antonyms: up, upward, upwardly, upwards



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Down"ward\, Downwards \Down"wards\, adv. [AS.
    ad?nweard. See {Down}, adv., and {-ward}.]
    1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course;
       as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or
       downwards. ``Looking downwards.'' --Pope.
             Their heads they downward bent.       --Drayton.
    2. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery,
       humility, disgrace, or ruin.
             And downward fell into a groveling swine. --Milton.
    3. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from
       one to another in a descending line.
             A ring the county wears, That downward hath
             descended in his house, From son to son, some four
             or five descents.                     --Shak.
  2. \Down"ward\, a.
    1. Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place;
       tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower
       level; declivous.
             With downward force That drove the sand along he
             took his way.                         --Dryden.
    2. Descending from a head, origin, or source; as, a downward
       line of descent.
    3. Tending to a lower condition or state; depressed;
       dejected; as, downward thoughts. --Sir P. Sidney.
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