\ ˈpu̇l-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce pull-down (audio) \

Definition of pull-down

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pulled down; pulling down; pulls down

Definition of pull down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

b : to hunt down : overcome
2a : to bring to a lower level : reduce
b : to depress in health, strength, or spirits
3 : to draw or earn (wages or salary)

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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

First Known Use of pull-down


1983, in the meaning defined above


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

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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 10 Aug. 2020.

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Kids Definition of pull-down

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

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