- a lowering of water surface level, as in a well.
- a reduction or depletion: a drawdown of weapons in an arms-limitation plan.
Origin of drawdown
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Examples from the Web for drawdown
Obama made clear where he stood when he quickly undercut his $120 billion investment by announcing a drawdown.How Obama Lost Afghanistan
April 5, 2014
Your novel spans 150 years, but given the drawdown in Afghanistan it feels particularly pertinent to the present day.Colum McCann Talks New Novel ‘TransAtlantic’ and Narrative4
June 14, 2013
Former Washington Post reporter Ellen Knickmeyer on his drawdown speech.Will Obama’s Troops Plan Work?
The Daily Beast
June 23, 2011
The drawdown would be modest this year, and next year would come only after the summer fighting season.The Politics Behind Obama’s Decision
June 23, 2011
The debate now is between a drawdown of 5,000 and about 15,000.Don’t Abandon Afghanistan!
June 9, 2011
- a depletion or reduction, for example of supplies
- a continuous decline in an investment or fund, usually expressed as a percentage between its highest and lowest levels
- the intentional draining of a body of water such as a lake or reservoir, to a given depth
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Word Origin and History for drawdown
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A lowering of the water level in a reservoir or other body of water, especially as the result of withdrawal.
- The difference in elevation between the level of water in a well and the level of groundwater in the area in which the well is located.
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