[ doun-draft, -drahft ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌdræft, -ˌdrɑft /


a downward current, as of air: a downdraft in a mine shaft.
a downward movement, as of the stock market.

Nearby words

  1. downcome,
  2. downcomer,
  3. downcourt,
  4. downcurved,
  5. downcycle,
  6. downdraught,
  7. downer,
  8. downers grove,
  9. downey,
  10. downey cell

Origin of downdraft

First recorded in 1780–90; down1 + draft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for downdraft


[ doundrăft′ ]

A downward moving current of air in a cumulonimbus cloud. Compare updraft.
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