Recent Examples of downstream from the Web
Among those who were reported missing on Tuesday were the father of a boy who was swept hundreds of yards downstream, and the father of a sailor stationed in Hawaii.
More than 9,000 properties were damaged upstream of Addicks and Barker dams inside enormous flood pools; thousands more were damaged downstream during Harvey.
Areas in the Columbia River Gorge and just downstream including at least portions of east Portland and possibly the west hills might have enough resupply of colder and drier air to see some freezing rain through Wednesday morning.
In fact, almost all chloride ions from the road salt eventually find their way into waterways downstream.
All 93 dams are classified as high-hazard, which means that a dam failure could risk lives downstream.
On an excursion farther downstream, the river began to splinter.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe filed a lawsuit to stop the project, arguing that a reservoir crossing could contaminate their water supply, which is 70 miles downstream from the project.
Officials believe the contamination isn't from Shell, but migrated downstream from the Dow Sarnia plant, which shut down in 2009.
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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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