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: being or appearing below a selected item (such as an icon) in a window overlaying the original view on a computer display
The Mac screen offered help from cartoons, pointing devices, and commands on pull-down screens, making it vastly easier to comprehend than the nearly blank screen IBM presented.Brian O'Reilly

pull down

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pulled down; pulling down; pulls down

transitive verb

: to hunt down : overcome
: to bring to a lower level : reduce
: to depress in health, strength, or spirits
: to draw or earn (wages or salary)

Examples of pull-down in a Sentence

Verb a powerful storm pulled down the old fishing shack, which had been immortalized in countless paintings an ugly billboard that was eventually pulled down
Recent Examples on the Web
An easy-to-use nursing clasp and pull-down design makes for convenient nursing access, while pulling down a front fabric overlap reveals discreet slits for pump flanges. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 10 Apr. 2024 Carhartt Fleece Two-in-One Hat Like its name suggests, this hat, which features a pull-down face mask that tucks away when not in use, is made with fleece. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Don’t forget a pull-down or touchless faucet to make running the water easier. Andrea Darr; Photos By Judy Revenaugh, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Complex keyboard commands and dedicated keys were replaced with point-and-click operations, pull-down menus, draggable windows and icons, and systemwide undo, cut, copy and paste. Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 Use pull-down shades, which collect less dust than blinds with cloth or slats. Amanda Gardner, Health, 31 Dec. 2023 The user interface of the Macintosh includes pull-down menus, which appear only when the cursor is placed over the menu name and a button on the mouse is pressed. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 Our testers found the pull-down style Blanqi to be very helpful in the immediate postpartum time due to its very compressive fit that almost feels like shapewear. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Bsn, Parents, 19 Oct. 2023 View full post on Instagram My typical upper-body workout includes a bench press, shoulder press, triceps pull-down, incline press, and cable shoulder raises. Women's Health, 1 Sep. 2023
Rumors of entrants missing rehearsals, flags being pulled down and claims of misconduct backstage hugely disrupted the usually peppy Eurovision build-up. Lily Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2024 In 1935, one of the original inventors of the ‘pull down’ paper towel, the Johnston family, added the dining room with state-of-the-art steel construction. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 13 May 2024 As seen on a video published on the organization’s YouTube channel, the unknown man pulled down one of the banners while accosting the volunteers, yelling and shaking his finger in their faces. Nollyanne Delacruz, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 Continue reading … 'DO THE RIGHT THING' – West Virginia AG blasts DEA for 'pulling down' opioid database. Fox News, 9 May 2024 Lee then pulled down his pants and attempted to force plaintiff’s head toward his genitals. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2024 Police methodically tore apart the encampment’s barricade of plywood, pallets, metal fences and dumpsters, then pulled down canopies and tents. Ryan Pearson, Fortune, 3 May 2024 But some places have been more successful in pulling down money than others, with smaller towns and rural areas often lacking the capacity to seek and manage competitive grants. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 1 May 2024 Officers also began to pull down canopies and tents. TIME, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1983, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pull-down was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pull-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull-down. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: appearing on a computer screen below a selected item
a pull-down menu

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