- 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 downwards
On this occasion my head was in a more backward, downwards position and the water was poured on for a longer time.Bottled Waterboarding
June 1, 2009
I have lived in intimacy with them all, from Alexander downwards.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
They curl, upwards from the root, downwards to the point, and form a plume."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
For the true polarity of consciousness in woman is downwards.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
Its banks are clothed with forest, and from Minusinsk downwards the river is navigable.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
And this is preeminently the case when the motion is downwards.Expositions of Holy Scripture
- from a higher to a lower place, level, etc
- from an earlier time or source to a laterfrom the Tudors downwards
- descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
- descending from a beginning
- a variant of downwards
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Word Origin and History for downwards
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