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

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Flat or falling profits won't support today's rich valuations, raising the chances of a severe downdraft. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Corporate Earnings are Flatlining—and That’s Terrible News for the Stock Market," 31 Aug. 2019 The kitchen is appointed with KitchenAid appliances including dual ovens, and a five-burner cooktop with a Thermador downdraft. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Picturesque Almaden Country Club home delivers panoramic views," 19 Aug. 2019 The muted response echoes a broader downdraft in prices for a broad range of commodities that have come under increasing pressure since trade talks between the U.S. and China broke down late last month. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Oil’s Slide Highlights Global-Growth Fears," 17 June 2019 At the same time, there could be an isolated thunderstorm that causes downdrafts and that might prevent readings from hitting 100 degrees., "Records could fall as highs will approach 100 Sunday," 20 July 2019 Those acquisitions were geared toward lifting the company’s profit margins and insulating its sales from the type of commodity-market downdraft now vexing the U.S. meat sector. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tyson Foods to Acquire Keystone Foods in $2.16 Billion Deal," 20 Aug. 2018 The Cboe Volatility Index, a measure of stock market turbulence known as the VIX, typically rises when stocks fall, making it an appealing form of insurance against sudden downdrafts. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Market Pullback Pays Off for VIX Wagers," 8 May 2019 Wind shear — the increase in wind speed with altitude — enables cloud updrafts and downdrafts to grow stronger, and storm complexes become longer-lived. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Severe thunderstorm watch: Storms approaching D.C.’s southern suburbs," 10 May 2018 The market pullback received no mention in the Fed’s statement, unlike earlier downdrafts in 2015 and 2016. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Holds Rates Steady, Signals More Rate Increases Ahead," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of downdraft

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of downdraft

technical : a downward flow of air

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