- Also down·wards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
- down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
- from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
- moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
- descending from a source or beginning.
Origin of downward
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Examples from the Web for downward
This downward spiral involving local power politics was obvious to the Americans in the valley.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
To his fellow survivors and to the audience, this delusion indicates another slip on a downward spiral.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
That differential accounted for about 60 percent of the downward revision.How Obamacare Helped Crash the Economy
June 25, 2014
Even a modest hit from sanctions or pullback by foreign investors will only add to that downward spiral.Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real
April 4, 2014
You point out this consistent prediction that the United States is on this downward slope.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline
November 17, 2013
I know it all by heart—all the things to say to a man on the downward path.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A moment later they were on the downward slope, and she had vanished from their view.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The harder you blow the greater will be the downward movement.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
The hands are thrust upward, outward, and downward with force.
He indicated the third person by a downward thrust of the thumb to the box on which they sat.White Fang
- descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
- descending from a beginning
- a variant of downwards
Word Origin and History for downward
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper