downdraft

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

noun

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

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Science definitions for downdraft

downdraft

[ doundrăft′ ]

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