downward

adverb
down·​ward | \ˈdau̇n-wərd \
variants: or downwards \-​wərdz \

Definition of downward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : from a higher to a lower place

b : toward a direction that is the opposite of up

2 : from a higher to a lower condition

3a : from an earlier time

b : from an ancestor or predecessor

downward

adjective

Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : moving or extending downward

2 : descending from a head, origin, or source

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Other Words from downward

Adjective

downwardly adverb
downwardness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downward

Synonyms: Adverb

below, down, over

Synonyms: Adjective

bowed, down, downcast, lowered

Antonyms: Adverb

up, upward (or upwards), upwardly

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Examples of downward in a Sentence

Adverb

The mountain streams flow downward to the lake. Mud covered his pants from the knees downward.

Adjective

Sales continued their downward trend. the downward revision of an estimate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Michael Gibson/Netflix Beginning in the ’90s but flowering in the ’00s, the masculine Jesus movement was an attempt by the American church to deal with a troubling fact: Attendance by men was trending downward. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles introduces a Santa who can get it," 23 Nov. 2018 The lander descends, equipped with a heat shield that’s pointed downward. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s InSight lander has just six and a half minutes to land on Mars in one piece," 21 Nov. 2018 Analysis of video taken from the vehicle shows Vasquez looked downward 204 times in the 11.8 miles traveled before the crash. NBC News, "Backup driver in deadly autonomous crash was streaming TV show, police report says," 23 June 2018 One association recently posted new signs at dog height under the theory that dog walkers are looking downward rather than at eye level. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "Pools, grills, pets: Summertime considerations for community associations," 13 July 2017 Apart from that, the only MAX-specific training was practicing cross-wind landings, which are trickier in the MAX because the wingtips have large downward-pointing strakes that might touch the ground in hard cross-winds. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "U.S. pilots flying 737 MAX weren’t told about new automatic systems change linked to Lion Air crash," 13 Nov. 2018 The painkiller and heroin numbers in particular are trending downward, pushing overall opioid and drug overdose deaths down even as fentanyl continues to tick up. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump’s health secretary says the opioid epidemic may be turning around. Not so fast.," 24 Oct. 2018 Attendants carefully attach the harnesses onto the lines, then push the riders downward. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Foxwoods Opens 60-MPH Zip Line From Top Of Fox Tower," 13 Apr. 2018 Now, professors have been asking for pay increases to stop a slide downward in comparison with other community colleges but have been refused — the school simply doesn’t have the money, its officials say. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "College faculty's attempt to unionize reveals problems at Lake-Sumter," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Take the example of A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper’s spin on the venerable story of a man on the downward slope of stardom falling in love with a woman ascending to its stratosphere. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "It looks like the Oscars are going to nominate a bunch of big hits for Best Picture," 30 Nov. 2018 Greater corporate investment offset downward revisions in spending by state and local governments and consumers. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "US economy grew at brisk 3.5 pct. annual rate last quarter," 28 Nov. 2018 This exercise also recruits the inner thighs (particularly during the upward and downward portion of the movement, when your legs are squeezed together), and the muscles along the spine, adds Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Naomi Campbell Trains While She Travels With This One Versatile Core Move," 23 Nov. 2018 For a deep dive into the country-specific servers, click on the downward facing arrow to the right of each country in the list. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "ProtonVPN review: Underground data centers, one-click multi-hop, and more make for a great choice," 4 Sep. 2018 When a downward-facing triangle appears, click on it. Kim Komando, Fox News, "10 useful Gmail settings you'll wish you knew sooner," 4 Aug. 2018 Jug and Betty broke up, so Jug is sending Betty’s character into a downward spiral to shift blame away from himself. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "The Best "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories, According to Reddit," 1 Oct. 2018 And Roseanne did see a similar downward trajectory. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why ABC had to cancel Roseanne," 29 May 2018 The dollar, on a downward trajectory since the end of 2016, has risen recently. The Economist, "Trade-weighted exchange rates," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of downward

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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downward

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from a higher place or level to a lower place or level

: toward the ground, floor, etc. : not up

: toward people with less power, money, etc.

downward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: moving or going from a higher place or level to a lower place or level

: moving or going toward the ground, floor, etc.

: changing to a smaller amount or lower number

downward

adverb
down·​ward | \ˈdau̇n-wərd \
variants: or downwards \-​wərdz \

Kids Definition of downward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from a higher place, amount, or level to a lower one The company's sales continue to go downward. Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it stood.— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

downward

adjective

Kids Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: going or moving from a higher place, amount, or level to a lower one a downward slope

downward

adjective
down·​ward

Legal Definition of downward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: going from a higher to a lower level a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines

downward

adverb

Legal Definition of downward (Entry 2 of 2)

: from a higher to a lower level instead of following the sentencing guidelines, the court departed downward

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