downstream

[ doun-streem ]
/ ˈdaʊnˈstrim /

adverb

with or in the direction of the current of a stream.

adjective

of or relating to the latter part of a process or system.
Genetics. with or in the direction of transcription, translation, or synthesis of a DNA, RNA, or protein molecule.

Nearby words

  1. downspin,
  2. downspout,
  3. downstage,
  4. downstairs,
  5. downstate,
  6. downstroke,
  7. downswing,
  8. downtake,
  9. downthrow,
  10. downtick

Origin of downstream

First recorded in 1700–10; down1 + stream

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British Dictionary definitions for downstream

downstream

/ (ˈdaʊnˈstriːm) /

adverb, adjective

in or towards the lower part of a stream; with the current
(in the oil industry) of or for the refining, distribution, or marketing of oil or its derived productsCompare upstream (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for downstream

downstream

adv., adj.

1706, from down (prep.) + stream (n.).

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