- 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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Contemporary Examples of downwardly
There's nothing more of-the-moment than young white people who are downwardly mobile and loving it.Dave Eggers, Arcade Fire and Other Hipsters Shun the Internet
September 22, 2013
Historical Examples of downwardly
The upper plate of the column has downwardly projecting partitions b which with the partitions a form a series of traps.
Thorax subspherical, in the upper half with three conical, downwardly diverging wings, about as long as its radius.
Thorax campanulate, in the upper half with three short, downwardly diverging, conical wings.
The downwardly directed head is covered by the pronotum, and the three terminal antennal segments form a distinct club.
- descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
- descending from a beginning
- a variant of downwards