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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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  • I have lived in intimacy with them all, from Alexander downwards.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • They curl, upwards from the root, downwards to the point, and form a plume.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • For the true polarity of consciousness in woman is downwards.

  • Its banks are clothed with forest, and from Minusinsk downwards the river is navigable.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • And this is preeminently the case when the motion is downwards.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • I asked him why he did so, and he replied that they were directed outwards, not downwards.

  • It led upwards to the roof and downwards to a deep vault which was arched and groined.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The pistol was cocked, and I simply pointed it downwards and fired.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • The pin is downwards to prevent rising, as in the suspended compass-card.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for downwards

downwards

/ˈdaʊnwədz/
adverb
1.
from a higher to a lower place, level, etc
2.
from an earlier time or source to a later: from the Tudors downwards

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 downwards

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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