- with or in the direction of the current of a stream.
- of or relating to the latter part of a process or system.
- Genetics. with or in the direction of transcription, translation, or synthesis of a DNA, RNA, or protein molecule.
Origin of downstream
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Examples from the Web for downstream
You wanted to be upstream with the artists, not downstream with the consumers.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
New Yorkers use 1.3 billion gallons of water each day, sending it downstream across 7,400 miles of sewer pipes.The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply
October 30, 2012
We all exist in the hydrosphere, all downstream from one another.Why Is Jacques Cousteau's Granddaughter Driving John McCain's Bus?
April 22, 2010
Midway in the passage, the current picked up the cub and swept him downstream.White Fang
In a few more minutes he could turn back and be sure Sim was downstream.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
What was he going to do if none of the others joined him downstream?Storm Over Warlock
The roan, with Laramie's hand on his bridle, swept on downstream.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
“There; now you shall try and throw one downstream,” said Kenneth.Three Boys
George Manville Fenn
- in or towards the lower part of a stream; with the current
- (in the oil industry) of or for the refining, distribution, or marketing of oil or its derived productsCompare upstream (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for downstream
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