adjective or adverb
down·​slope | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌslōp How to pronounce downslope (audio) \

Definition of downslope

: toward the bottom of a slope

Examples of downslope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As devastating fires sweep through parts of the region, the National Weather Service forecast an extreme Santa Ana event, with the dry, downslope flame-spreading winds expected to gust up to 80 miles an hour over the next 18 to 24 hours. Jenny Vrentas,, "Defeat, Victory and a Brutal Loss: Eight Days on the West Coast With the Eagles," 12 Dec. 2017

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Downslope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downslope

US : toward the bottom of a hill or mountain : down a slope

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