down·​draft | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌdraft How to pronounce downdraft (audio) \

Definition of downdraft

1 : a downward current of gas (such as air during a thunderstorm)
2 : decline sense 1 an economic downdraft

Examples of downdraft in a Sentence

a strong downdraft from the thunderstorm
Recent Examples on the Web The downdraft has reduced bitcoin's total value by roughly $450 billion, according to, while ethereum and other cryptocurrencies have also slumped. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 24 May 2021 The latest downdraft has cut valuation multiples in half for some of the pandemic’s biggest winners. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, 12 May 2021 An even bigger factor that weighed on Vaccitech was the recent downdraft in biotechnology valuations broadly, investors said. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Another force that's acting inside the supercell is a downdraft. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 Distressed debt manager Huarong delayed the release of its financial results, which lead to a downdraft in the company’s bonds. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 If this doesn't play out through a spike in rates and a sustained downdraft in momentum tech, there will be nothing left to stop this bull until the next black swan or actual rate hikes from the Fed. Oliver Renick, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Tech stocks and other high-growth companies in particular have been at the center of the downdraft. Alex Veiga, ajc, 5 Mar. 2021 Tech stocks and other high-growth companies in particular have been at the center of the downdraft. CBS News, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of downdraft

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Downdraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downdraft

technical : a downward flow of air

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