[ pool-doun ]


, Movies.
  1. a mechanism that intermittently advances the film through the film gate of a camera or projector.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pulldown1

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase pull down
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Example Sentences

It’ll run you through a few cornerstone lifts like lat pulldowns and squats to collect feedback and establish your baseline strength.

Just now he was sitting at the small pulldown chow table peering at some papers, records of the moon expedition.


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More About Pull-down

What does pull-down mean?

Pull-down describes something that you tug from a higher to lower position, as in Pull-down menus on mobile phones can be so tiny that they’re hard to use.

The adjective pull-down comes from the verb phrase pull down, while pulldown is the mechanism that allows you to pull something down.

Example: This house has a pull-down bed to save space for furniture.

Where does pull-down come from?

The first records of the term pull-down come from the early 1900s. It combines the words pull, meaning “draw or tug with force,” and down, meaning “from higher to lower.”

Pull-down can describe many items that are pulled down to use. Pull-down beds, or Murphy beds, can be stored standing up in a closet or cabinet. By tugging on a mechanism, like a latch or one of the bed legs, you can pull the bed down to the floor to sleep on it.  Other objects that pulled down to use include window blinds, leaves (extensions) in tables or desks, and staircases that lead up to an attic.

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What are some other forms related to pull-down?

  • pulldown (noun)
  • pull down (verb)

What are some words that share a root or word element with pull-down

What are some words that often get used in discussing pull-down?

What are some words pull-down may be commonly confused with?

  • pulldown
  • pull down

How is pull-down used in real life?

Pull-down is frequently used to describe a type of menu in computing software.



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Is pull-down used correctly in the following sentence?

Just pull-down the blinds if it’s too bright for you.




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