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downward

[doun-werd] /ˈdaʊn wərd/
adverb
1.
Also, downwards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
2.
down from a source or beginning:
As the river flows downward, it widens.
3.
from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor:
The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
adjective
4.
moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
5.
descending from a source or beginning.
Origin of downward
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard. See down1, -ward
Related forms
downwardly, adverb
downwardness, noun
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  • The storm which had sent us downward marked a change of weather.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • Meanwhile, in the outer world, the downward progress was very rapid.

    For the Master's Sake Emily Sarah Holt
  • And now you're afraid again, and talk about downward curves, and all that.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • We now return to Dr. Sinclair, whom we left on the downward path to ruin.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • Then he started on downward, zig-zagging carefully this time as one should descend a trailless mountain.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
British Dictionary definitions for downward

downward

/ˈdaʊnwəd/
adjective
1.
descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
2.
descending from a beginning
adverb
3.
a variant of downwards
Derived Forms
downwardly, adverb
downwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downward
adv.

c.1200, from down (adv.) + -ward. Old English had aduneweard in this sense. Downwards, with adverbial genitive, had a parallel in Old English ofduneweardes.

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