downhill

adverb
down·​hill | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈhil How to pronounce downhill (audio) \

Definition of downhill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : toward the bottom of a hill
2 : toward a worsened or inferior state or level used especially in the phrase go downhill

downhill

noun
down·​hill | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhil How to pronounce downhill (audio) \

Definition of downhill (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a descending slope
2a : the sport of skiing on downhill trails often used attributively
b : a skiing race against time down a trail finished second in the downhill

downhill

adjective
down·​hill | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhil How to pronounce downhill (audio) \

Definition of downhill (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : not difficult : easy after that problem the rest was downhill
2 : sloping downhill
3 : closer to the bottom of an incline your downhill ski
4 : progressively worse
5 American football : relating to, employing, or being a style of running in which a ballcarrier moves powerfully forward into the line of scrimmage and down the field toward the opponent's end zone without a lot of movement toward the sidelines to avoid tacklers a downhill runner The Tigers use their tight ends as blockers. They're more suited to an assertive, downhill running game now.— Bernie Miklasz

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Examples of downhill in a Sentence

Adverb It is easier to ride a bike downhill than uphill. Her career is heading downhill. After his divorce, he went downhill fast. The service has gone downhill under the new owner. Noun most runners will have their best splits on the downhills Adjective The second half of the hike is mostly downhill. The worst part is over. It's all downhill from here. The first part of the movie was pretty good, but after that it was all downhill. His career has been all downhill in recent years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb All downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leave No Trace is about more than picking up trash. Here's what you should know before getting outside in Wisconsin," 2 July 2020 Look for a faint, unsigned path heading downhill off to the left. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Shady, flowery hike near Flagstaff, AZ, is a fun summer outing. Here are 2 ways to try it," 24 June 2020 If Adams came downhill at a more direct angle, the RB could have potentially bounced the ball outside, where there were few defenders to help finish the tackle. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: What kind of impact would a do-it-all safety like Jamal Adams have in the Cowboys’ defense?," 22 June 2020 His ability to attack defenders downhill in isolation was paramount for a team that had its two best scorers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, sidelined with injuries. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Eric Paschall: How Warriors rookie went from No. 41 pick to team MVP," 22 June 2020 Fire officials said the blaze remained active overnight with winds pushing the flames downhill. Helena Wegner, azcentral, "Hundreds of homes evacuated as Bighorn Fire nears 5,000 acres with 10% containment," 11 June 2020 Summer activities include downhill mountain biking, hiking, disc golf, whitewater rafting and the aforementioned zip lining, which is a new activity at the resort. oregonlive, "Mt. Bachelor adds zip lining to its summer options," 16 June 2020 Firefighters are trying to keep the blaze in canyons and ridges and prevent it from moving downhill. Fox News, "Grand Canyon's North Rim closed due to Arizona wildfire as blaze near Tucson grows," 15 June 2020 If any of those patients tested positive and began to go downhill, they could be transferred to the unit. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Night Shift," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The former Marine, UC Berkeley football player and director of athletics at the Oakland Y, eggs his participants on, through a succession of uphill and downhill jogs punctuated by burpees, bulldogs, planks and dips. Alec Scott, SFChronicle.com, "Shut out by coronavirus, fitness instructors bridge isolation with virtual workouts," 27 Mar. 2020 Artificial snow will start to be sprayed next month on the slope staging men’s downhill and super-G World Cup races on Feb. 15-16. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shiffrin’s wins, China’s debut set to star in ski season," 5 Oct. 2019 Top racers who have been injured this season include Sofia Goggia, an Italian who won gold in the downhill at the 2018 Olympics, and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany. Brian Pinelli, New York Times, "World Cup Skiing Searches for Answers to Its Injury Problem," 2 Mar. 2020 Panorama Trail, Switzerland This virtual walking trail starts at Männlichen, then takes you on a beautiful and easy downhill walk to Kleine Scheidegg, a mountain pass between the Eiger and Lauberhorn mountain peaks. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "12 Virtual Walking Trails Around the World That You Can Experience Right Now," 22 Apr. 2020 However, that money can’t be used to make up for the downhill slide of tax revenue to pay to keep state government running and pay salaries. James Salzer, ajc, "Virus’ impact on state government could be worse than Great Recession," 19 Apr. 2020 Brooke crushed the downhill, finishing several minutes before me — and not even gloating about it on camera. oregonlive, "Peak Northwest: We ran Portland’s Wildwood Trail. All 30.2 miles of it. (video)," 27 Nov. 2019 Skipping the downhill allows Shiffrin to avoid back-to-back races and focus on the combined. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Monday's Winter Olympics TV schedule," 19 Feb. 2018 Ross, 29, is a two-time Olympian who finished 5th in the downhill, 14th in the Super-G and 15th combined in the 2017 World Championship. OregonLive.com, "Oregon athletes to watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics," 1 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The approach sits on a curve at the bottom of a downhill grade, about 200 feet above industrial storage areas, railroad tracks and the waters of the Carquinez Strait. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "A deadly stretch of the Carquinez Bridge has claimed 6 lives in 9 months. One widow is demanding changes," 29 June 2020 Even the bumpiest runs are no match for La Sportiva Bushido II’s toothy outsole, which digs into steep ascents and protects toes on downhill slopes with its thick rubber cap. Lindsey Olander, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Running Shoes for All Kinds of Terrain," 22 June 2020 Vander Esch is the exceedingly rare LB who can be a downhill thumper and sideline-to-sideline LB who can run like the wind. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 Cowboys who will soar in 2020, including how Xavier Woods can evolve into a Pro Bowl-caliber safety," 15 June 2020 These were all rapidly ruled out after the scientists analyzed weather reports and measured the downhill slope of the glacier. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Glacier mice have no feet, but they still move in herds," 28 May 2020 Santa Anita won’t use sprint turf course Santa Anita will keep its signature 6½-furlong downhill turf course closed to sprints for its six-week fall meeting, it was announced Thursday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "High-priced 2-year-olds running this weekend at Del Mar," 8 Aug. 2019 Raced in the Winter Games, earning two medals: the first Olympic downhill gold for an American woman, and a bronze in the super-G. USA TODAY, "Broken bones, torn ligaments, more: Lindsey Vonn's injuries," 29 Jan. 2018 At the Jeongseon Alpine Center, where the men’s and women’s downhill ski events are to take place, a 33.7 million-gallon lake that has a water-cooling capacity of 2,250 gallons a minute was built. John Hopewell, Washington Post, "PyeongChang is more than cold enough for the Winter Olympics. It’s just not that snowy.," 9 Feb. 2018 Heading into the downhill, the Norwegians had won four silver medals and a bronze in the last six Olympic downhill races but never the top prize in the sport’s most esteemed Olympic race. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "The Ski Team That Sleeps Together Wins a Lot of Gold Medals Together," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of downhill

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Downhill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downhill. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for downhill

downhill

adverb
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English Language Learners Definition of downhill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: toward the bottom of a hill or mountain
: toward a worse state

downhill

noun
How to pronounce downhill (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of downhill (Entry 2 of 3)

: a downhill skiing race

downhill

adjective
How to pronounce downhill (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of downhill (Entry 3 of 3)

: going or sloping down toward the bottom of a hill or mountain
: not difficult : easy to do, deal with, etc.
: becoming worse or less successful

downhill

adverb
down·​hill | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈhil How to pronounce downhill (audio) \

Kids Definition of downhill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : toward the bottom of a hill Our bikes coasted downhill.
2 : toward a worse condition Her career is heading downhill.

downhill

adjective
down·​hill | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhil How to pronounce downhill (audio) \

Kids Definition of downhill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sloping downward a downhill path
2 : having to do with skiing down mountains

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