[ doun-swing ]
See synonyms for downswing on
  1. a downward swing, as of a golf club in driving a ball.

  2. a downward trend or decrease, as of business or a nation's birth rate.

Origin of downswing

First recorded in 1895–1900; down1 + swing1

Words Nearby downswing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use downswing in a sentence

  • Just as he began the downswing of a mighty broadsword stroke, he stumbled on the helmet.

    The Dueling Machine | Benjamin William Bova

British Dictionary definitions for downswing


/ (ˈdaʊnˌswɪŋ) /

  1. a statistical downward trend in business activity, the death rate, etc

  2. golf the downward movement or line of a club when striking the ball

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