downdraft

[ doun-draft, -drahft ]

noun
  1. a downward current, as of air: a downdraft in a mine shaft.

  2. a downward movement, as of the stock market.

Origin of downdraft

1
First recorded in 1780–90; down1 + draft

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Scientific definitions for downdraft

downdraft

[ doundrăft′ ]


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

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