downward

adverb
down·​ward | \ ˈdau̇n-wərd How to pronounce downward (audio) \
variants: or downwards \ ˈdau̇n-​wərdz How to pronounce downwards (audio) \

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

With core tight, rotate hips to the right and downward, keeping legs straight. SELF, "Lower-Body and Core Workout," 31 Dec. 2018 Ultimately, an aggressive policy stance from Fed officials could put downward, rather than upward, pressure on long-term yields, some analysts caution. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Benchmark 10-Year U.S. Government-Bond Yield Hits 7-Year High," 8 Nov. 2018 Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute—right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Trump Mentioned the Pledge of Allegiance Pose in His State of the Union. Here's the Real Reason for the Hand-on-Heart Gesture," 31 Jan. 2018 Your neck should be neutral (in line with your spine) and not straining upward or downward. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 There, the magnetic field slopes downward in steep, dramatic fashion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Some Humans Can Detect the Earth's Magnetic Field," 19 Mar. 2019 Royal fan account @harry_meghan_updates posted a video of the exchange, in which Meghan takes a quick, respectful dip downward as the King approaches her. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Curtsied to King Mohammed VI During Her and Prince Harry's Trip to Morocco," 26 Feb. 2019 While rapid by the standards of most businesses, the pace was the slowest since Uber began disclosing detailed financial results two years ago, and showed growth continuing to skid downward from 38% in the third quarter and 70% in the first. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Sales Growth Slows Further as IPO Nears," 15 Feb. 2019 Another major crime category that has been trending downward is burglaries, and in particular, residential burglaries. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "The ‘Nextdoor effect’ in Bellevue: a familiar reaction to crime," 11 Feb. 2019

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The downward spiral is easy enough to see: A/C units contribute to global warming through their use of hydrofluorocarbons, which drive temperatures up, which causes people to buy more A/C units. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Re-Engineer A/Cs To Help Battle Climate Change?," 30 Apr. 2019 With the market currently on a downward slide amid a glut of high-end Manhattan inventory, some real-estate agents hope the record-breaking closings will be a boon to market sentiment. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "As Manhattan’s Most Secretive Skyscraper Rises, a Super-Elite Clientele Emerges," 2 Nov. 2018 The piece ends with all the instruments drooping their pitch in a downward slide. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Vivian Fung piece premiered by Daedalus Quartet," 26 Mar. 2018 For a time, the downward shift in airfare that Wow catalyzed was joyous—for passengers, at least. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 This move has corresponded with a downward shift in sales of homes priced above $500,000. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "US new-home sales increased 4.9 percent in February," 29 Mar. 2019 Tax Day is upon us—and while the very idea of filing your return may send you into a downward spiral, some will be lucky enough to ultimately find their wallets thicker. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Decadent Beauty Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Return, According to Vogue Editors," 10 Apr. 2019 Edmunds analysts expect this downward trend to continue this year. Matt Jones, The Seattle Times, "Edmunds: Black Friday isn’t what it used to be in car sales," 14 Nov. 2018 Her downward spiral echoes those of real-life pop stars including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Amy Winehouse. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Natalie Portman and Sia-Composed Songs Stole the Show at Last Night’s Premiere for Vox Lux," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of downward

Adverb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, 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 How to pronounce downward (audio) \
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

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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
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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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