down·​draft ˈdau̇n-ˌdraft How to pronounce downdraft (audio)
: a downward current of gas (such as air during a thunderstorm)
: decline sense 1
an economic downdraft

Examples of downdraft in a Sentence

a strong downdraft from the thunderstorm
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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of downdraft was in 1817

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“Downdraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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down·​draft -ˌdraft How to pronounce downdraft (audio)
: a downward current of gas (as air in a chimney or during a thunderstorm)

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