downward

[doun-werd]
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adverb
  1. Also down·wards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
  2. down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
  3. from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
adjective
  1. moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
  2. descending from a source or beginning.

Origin of downward

1150–1200; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard. See down1, -ward
Related formsdown·ward·ly, adverbdown·ward·ness, noun
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Related Words for downwards

downwards, down

Examples from the Web for downwards

Contemporary Examples of downwards

  • On this occasion my head was in a more backward, downwards position and the water was poured on for a longer time.

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    June 1, 2009

Historical Examples of downwards


British Dictionary definitions for downwards

downwards

downward

adverb
  1. from a higher to a lower place, level, etc
  2. from an earlier time or source to a laterfrom the Tudors downwards

downward

adjective
  1. descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
  2. descending from a beginning
adverb
  1. a variant of downwards
Derived Formsdownwardly, adverbdownwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downwards

downward

adv.

c.1200, from down (adv.) + -ward. Old English had aduneweard in this sense. Downwards, with adverbial genitive, had a parallel in Old English ofduneweardes.

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