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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
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 The wagon also has a pull-down side, which allows your child to climb in and out on their own, as well as a removable extra storage basket. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 24 Aug. 2023
Eurozone policymakers have sounded a cautious note on pulling down interest rates before inflation is proven to be under control, which might also put the brakes on growth. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 21 Mar. 2024 The change is likely to pull down the industrywide standard commission of 5 or 6 percent. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 Uncertainty persisted for hours until the claim was pulled down from the army’s website on Tuesday evening. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 6 Mar. 2024 On Wednesday, Timberlake shared a response video that featured him pulling down a pair of sunglasses and blinking twice, before pulling them back up and smiling. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 The senior dominated in the post, pulling down rebound after rebound and staying aggressive offensively, finishing with an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double. Timothy Dashiell, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 By the time Ellis pulled down a rebound and raced for a breakaway dunk with 38 seconds left, the Trojans were up 74-67 and their fate was secure. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Boys basketball Lake Clifton 67, ACCE 42: Senior guard Deon Mcpherson scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the win. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 After being threatened by the local MLS with severe penalties, Hunt pulled down the commission data from his website. Kenneth R. Harney, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 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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“Pull-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull-down. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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