Recent Examples of downstream from the Web
Thirty-two years ago, a group set out to protect the flood plain, located 17 miles downstream from Cincinnati, from a proposal to build a commercial port there.
Harper, whose Sunshine Gardens home sits downstream from Harding Street, no longer trusts her well water.
Fears that the hill would give way and reservoir water would gush uncontrollably downstream prompted authorities to evacuate 180,000 people.
Treatment plants are designed to remove most pollutants from wastewater before it is discharged -- frequently into the same rivers used to supply drinking water to communities downstream.
More than 40% of Michigan residents — 4.2 million people — get their drinking water from the lake, the St. Clair River that feeds it, or the mouth of the Detroit River just downstream.
Guides fishing FlatFish plugs are catching bright kings downstream from the Outlet.
The downwind distance race begins at Viento State Park, 8 miles downstream from Hood River, meaning racers are going upstream but with the wind at their backs.
Park access along the Patapsco River will be closed from Ilchester Road to an area just downstream of the dam.
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First Known Use of downstream
Financial Definition of DOWNSTREAM
What It Is
Downstream refers to the benefits (or costs) that will ultimately result from decisions made today.
How It Works
In finance, a series of investments might be made with the anticipation that at a point in time in the future these efforts will yield a series of returns. These returns occur after the initial investments. As a result, they are referred to as downstream benefits. Similarly, investments can have downstream "costs" as well. The expectation is that the downstream benefits will outweigh the downstream costs.
At the same time, because the future is hard to predict, downstream effects are often unanticipated, setting off unintended costs and consequences.
Why It Matters
It is important to consider the "downstream" effects of an investment decision since it will impact ones future economic performance.
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medical Definition of downstream
- a nucleotide sequence located downstream from the regulatory gene
- effects on the expression of downstream genes
- But by looking downstream of the tumor suppressors [genes] at the proteins they influence, drug developers hope to find good targets.
- —Marcia Barinaga, Science, 7 Nov. 1997
- The tyrosine kinase activity of phosphorylated EGFR [epidermal growth factor receptor] in cancer cells results in the phosphorylation of downstream proteins that incite cell proliferation, invasion, metastasis, and inhibition of apoptosis.
- —Jonathan E. Dowell and John D. Minna, The New England Journal of Medicine, 24 Feb. 2005
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