Origin of drawdown

1780–90, for literal sense; draw + down1
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  1. a depletion or reduction, for example of supplies
  2. a continuous decline in an investment or fund, usually expressed as a percentage between its highest and lowest levels
  3. 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

of troops, by 1991, in reference to the end of the Cold War; from draw (v.) + down (adv.). Earlier of wells (c.1900).

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drawdown in Science


  1. A lowering of the water level in a reservoir or other body of water, especially as the result of withdrawal.
  2. 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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