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 Late that afternoon a peculiarly powerful downdraft generated by the storm front pushed a layer of cold air thick with pollen, dust and other particles through Melbourne. The Economist, "Bad times Damage from climate change will be widespread and sometimes surprising," 16 May 2020 The global downdraft in bond yields and rising trade tensions are falling squarely on the shoulders of European banks. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Plunging Yields Expose Sorry State of European Banks," 3 June 2019 The downdraft puts stocks on track for their worst week since October of 2008, when markets cratered during the financial crisis. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Bloodbath on Wall Street as stocks continue to sink," 28 Feb. 2020 The afternoon's fade also coincided with another abrupt downdraft in the price of oil. CBS News, "Wall Street caps best week since 1974 after latest lift from Fed," 9 Apr. 2020 Investors have overreacted before to bad news that didn't usher in a recession, such as with a sharp downdraft in 1987. Russ Wiles, USA TODAY, "Stock-market turning point might depend on easing of fear, not arrival or end of recession," 23 Mar. 2020 Investors have overreacted before to bad news that didn't usher in a recession, such as with a sharp downdraft in 1987. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "When will the stock market start recovering? Turning point might may not depend on recession," 22 Mar. 2020 The downdraft spared no models, with deliveries of its best-selling RAV4 compact SUV dropping 25% last month. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Toyota sales fall 37% in March, as U.S. auto industry poises for a crash," 2 Apr. 2020 For example, during the financial crisis of 2008, the S&P 500 rallied more than 20% off its November lows in early December—only to catch another downdraft in February, ultimately bottoming in March 2009. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "The coronavirus bear market is over already? Not so fast," 27 Mar. 2020

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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 4 Jul. 2020.

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technical : a downward flow of air

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