- Also down·wards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
- down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
- from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
- moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
- descending from a source or beginning.
Origin of downward
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for downwardly
There's nothing more of-the-moment than young white people who are downwardly mobile and loving it.Dave Eggers, Arcade Fire and Other Hipsters Shun the Internet
September 22, 2013
The upper plate of the column has downwardly projecting partitions b which with the partitions a form a series of traps.
Thorax subspherical, in the upper half with three conical, downwardly diverging wings, about as long as its radius.
Thorax campanulate, in the upper half with three short, downwardly diverging, conical wings.
The downwardly directed head is covered by the pronotum, and the three terminal antennal segments form a distinct club.
- descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
- descending from a beginning
- a variant of downwards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for downwardly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper