The land slopes down to the sea.
She called down to her friends in the street below.
They set the cake down on the table.
Lay down your book for a minute.
We watched the sun go down.
We keep our wine collection down in the basement.
What's going on down there?
He fell down and hurt his knee.
Climb down out of that tree!
He knocked him down with one punch. Preposition
Sweat dripped down her neck.
The children ran down the hill.
She fell down the stairs.
He climbed down the ladder.
He spilled mustard down the front of his shirt.
Her hair hung loosely down her back.
Go down the road and turn left.
We grew up down the block from each other.
The bathroom is halfway down the hall on the right.
His pitches were right down the middle of the plate. Verb
The storm downed power lines throughout the city.
a large number of downed power lines
They were downing beers and watching the game on TV.
The quarterback downed the ball to stop the clock. Adjective
The window shades were down.
The candy is down on the bottom shelf.
There was a pile of dirty clothes down on the floor.
She took the down escalator.
These changes should help keep prices down.
Stocks are down again today. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
This mini A-line number has long sleeves and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.—Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 25 Nov. 2023 As the system departs the middle of the U.S., winds are expected to increase, driving wind chills down below zero in some areas, including parts of Kansas.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2023 The Tigers returned the ensuing onside-kick attempt 15 yards to the Arkansas 26 to set up Nathaniel Peat's 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down for the final score.—Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 25 Nov. 2023 Vera Bradley is also discounted, with the Women’s Microfiber Weekender Travel Bag and Women’s Cotton Weekender Travel Bag both down by 30 percent.—Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 The video, which has been viewed 3 million times on TikTok, shows a baggage handler sending a wheelchair crashing down and off of a ramp.—Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2023 Also, the masseter pulls the jaw up and down for chewing.—Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, 22 Nov. 2023 The national average was $3.30 per gallon on Nov. 20, according to AAA, down from $3.67 a year ago.—David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Nov. 2023 Clearly the tunnels played a crucial part, sixty feet down, some 300 miles of them into a territory less than half as long.—Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
The gunmen tried to beat down the door to the safe room before exiting the ship and making their way back to the shores of Yemen.—Bradford Betz, Fox News, 27 Nov. 2023 This wool blend button-front coat is the perfect transition piece as temps start to cool down but aren’t absolutely frigid yet.—Maura Jenkins, Glamour, 27 Nov. 2023 While some power banks can weigh you down, this 6.9-ounce portable charger can charge an iPhone 14 Pro about 1.5 times in a single charge and comes with a three-year warranty.—Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2023 The singer is shown holding back tears while extending gratitude to the fans who’ve held her down for nearly three decades.—Jaelani Turner-Williams, Rolling Stone, 26 Nov. 2023 Kinsey theorizes Stephen was walking along the road, trying to flag someone down for help.—Nikki Battiste, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2023 Ohad, who was taken with his mother, Keren Munder, and roughly 240 hostages during Hamas' terror attack on Oct. 7, is shown being led by a soldier who points down the hall.—NBC News, 25 Nov. 2023 It's been slowly sinking down in price over the last few years, but this deal is still alright.—Matt Jancer, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2023 Chinese goods pressed down American prices 0.19 percent a year from 2004 to 2015, another study found.—Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023
Less is known about the $30 million Reaper that was downed near Yemen.—Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Last fall, strong Santa Ana winds and red flag warnings downed trees and left thousands of Southern Californians without power during the Thanksgiving holiday.—Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Philippe made landfall in Barbuda late Monday while drenching the northeast Caribbean, downing trees and power lines in a handful of islands.—CBS News, 7 Oct. 2023 Although Point Loma was limited to a punt on its opening drive of the third quarter, Brady Allen’s kick was downed at the 2-yard line.—Breven Honda, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2023 He was found guilty by the Dutch court of deploying the Buk missile system that investigators said downed the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.—Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2023 When gusts exceed 58 mph, Munroe said, downed trees and power lines become a major concern, as does road travel for high-profile vehicles.—Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 The story, loosely based on real-life events, follows a group of WWII soldiers stranded in the ocean after their warship is downed by Japanese fighter jets and find themselves up against that classic underwater foe, a great white.—Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 2023 Three people, including a child, were killed in the Russian city of Belgorod when a Ukrainian drone was downed, Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Thursday on Telegram.—Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023
Berkshire sold $7 billion of stocks, including some of its big investment in Chevron, and bought just $1.7 billion in the third quarter, a down period for its stock holdings led by Apple, whose share price fell 12%.—Jonathan Stempel, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 Platinum is used to make the electrolyzers that produce hydrogen and the sharp down cycle in South Africa’s platinum mining sector demonstrates the risk that low prices and lack of investment could slow the energy transition.—Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2023 The down feathers are certified Responsible Down Standard, which means that the down feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to unnecessary harm.—Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Nov. 2023 Most mountain bikes have a bit of hard polymer on the area of the down tube that faces the front wheel, meant to protect the frame from any rocks thrown off by the wheel.—John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Nov. 2023 What is the difference between a puffer jacket and a down jacket?—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 Some people prefer to wear a puffy down jacket for their insulating layer rather than a sweater.—Lydia Price, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 Amazon promises an array of options for every budget like down coats and that viral Amazon jacket, while Nordstrom leans into its reputation for upscale, quality outerwear with luxe wool-blend coats.—Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 27 Oct. 2023 The down alternative filling allows air to circulate through, helping keep you cool on hot nights.—Rebecca Martinson, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023
Until now, rival DC was the superhero studio that endured the biggest ups and downs, with a good number of its films opening to $50 million or less (in comparison, many MCU releases started with $100 million or more domestically).—Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Price is now far below the down trending 200-day moving average.—John Navin, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Their downs: Trump commanding attention at a rally just miles away from the debate site, and the debating Republicans (often) ducking questions about Trump.—Mark Murray, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023 Yes, there have been ups and downs in my story, but mine is a story of infinite possibility for any young person setting out on a musical journey.—Evan Minsker, Pitchfork, 3 Nov. 2023 There were some ups and some downs, but no regrets about retiring.—Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2023 Farmington turned the ball over downs at the Saints' 36 to end its next possession before marching 82 yards in 14 plays to capture the lead.—Nwa Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Online, 22 Oct. 2023 Detroit drove all the way to the Baltimore 6 to start the second half but turned the ball over on downs.—Fox News, 22 Oct. 2023 Despite the ups and downs in her dating life, the Grammy winner has never stopped believing in happy endings.—Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 See More
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Adverb, Preposition, Verb, Adjective, and Noun (1)
Middle English doun, from Old English dūne, short for adūne, of dūne, from a- (from of), of off, from + dūne, dative of dūn hill
Middle English doun hill, from Old English dūn — see downentry 1
Middle English doun, from Old Norse dūnn
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)