Definitions for downdaʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. from higher to lower; toward or into a lower position or level:

    Tell him to come down.

  2. on or to the ground, floor, or the like:

    to fall down.

  3. to or in a sitting or lying position.

  4. to an area or district considered lower from a geographical standpoint, esp. southward:

    We drove down to San Diego.

  5. to a lower value or rate:

    Slow down.

  6. to a lesser pitch or volume:

    Turn down the radio.

  7. in or to a calmer or less active state:

    The wind died down.

  8. from an earlier to a later time.

  9. from a greater to a lesser strength, amount, etc.:

    to water down a drink.

  10. earnestly:

    to get down to work.

  11. on paper:

    Write this down.

  12. thoroughly; fully; completely.

  13. in cash at the time of purchase:

    $50 down and $20 a month.

  14. to the point of defeat or submission:

    to shout down the opposition.

  15. to the source or actual position:

    to track someone down.

  16. into a condition of ill health.

  17. in or into a lower status or condition:

    kept down by lack of education.

  18. Slang. on toast (as used at a lunch counter):

    Give me a tuna down.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  19. (prep.)in a descending or more remote direction on or along:

    They ran off down the street.

  20. (adj.)directed downward:

    the down escalator.

  21. being at a low position or on the ground, floor, or bottom.

  22. directed toward the south, a business district, etc.

  23. downcast; depressed.

  24. ailing or bedridden:

    to be down with a bad cold.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  25. Football. (of the ball) not in play.

    Category: Sport

  26. behind an opponent or opponents in points, games, etc.

    Category: Sport

  27. having lost the amount indicated, esp. at gambling:

    to be down $10.

  28. finished or taken care of:

    five down and one to go.

  29. out of order:

    The computer is down again.

  30. Slang. aware; knowledgeable. accepted or admired; excellent.

    Category: Informal, Status (usage)

  31. (n.)a downward movement; descent.

  32. a turn for the worse; reverse.

  33. Football. one of a series of four plays during which a team must advance the ball at least 10 yd. (9 m) to keep possession of it.

    Category: Sport

  34. (v.t.)to knock, throw, or bring down.

  35. to drink down, esp. quickly.

  36. to defeat in a game or contest.

    Category: Informal

  37. (v.i.)to go down; fall.

  38. (interj.)get down (used as a command or warning).

Idioms for down:

  1. down cold or pat,learned perfectly.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

  2. down in the mouth,discouraged or depressed.

    Category: Idiom

  3. down on,hostile or averse to.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  4. down with, to remove from power or do away with (used imperatively):

    Down with the king!

    Category: Idiom

Origin of down:

bef. 1100; ME doune, OE dūne, aph. var. of adūne for of dūne off (the) hill; see a -2, down3


  1. the soft first plumage of many young birds.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. the soft under plumage of birds.

    Category: Ornithology

  3. the under plumage of some birds, as geese and ducks, used for filling in quilts, clothing, etc., chiefly for warmth.

    Category: Clothing

  4. a fine, soft pubescence on plants and some fruits.

    Category: Botany

  5. (adj.)filled with down:

    a down jacket.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of down:

1325–75; ME downe < ON dūnn



  1. Often, downs. (esp. in southern England) open, rolling country usu. covered with grass.

    Category: British

  2. (cap.) any sheep of several breeds raised orig. in the downs of S England, as the Suffolk.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

Origin of down:

bef. 1000; ME; OE dūn hill


  1. a county in SW Northern Ireland. 311,876; 952 sq. mi. (2466 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. down, down feather(noun)

    soft fine feathers

  2. down(noun)

    (American football) a complete play to advance the football

    "you have four downs to gain ten yards"

  3. Down, John L. H. Down(noun)

    English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)

  4. down(noun)

    (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil

  5. down, pile(adj)

    fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)

  6. down(adj)

    being or moving lower in position or less in some value

    "lay face down"; "the moon is down"; "our team is down by a run"; "down by a pawn"; "the stock market is down today"

  7. down(a), downward(a)(adj)

    extending or moving from a higher to a lower place

    "the down staircase"; "the downward course of the stream"

  8. down(a)(adj)

    becoming progressively lower

    "the down trend in the real estate market"

  9. down(p)(adj)

    being put out by a strikeout

    "two down in the bottom of the ninth"

  10. down, down pat(p), mastered(adj)

    understood perfectly

    "had his algebra problems down"

  11. depressed, down(p)(adj)

    lower than previously

    "the market is depressed"; "prices are down"

  12. down(adj)


    "the shades were down"

  13. down(adj)

    not functioning (temporarily or permanently)

    "we can't work because the computer is down"

  14. gloomy, grim, blue, depressed, dispirited, down(p), downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, low, low-spirited(verb)

    filled with melancholy and despondency

    "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the darkening mood"; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted"

  15. toss off, pop, bolt down, belt down, pour down, down, drink down, kill(verb)

    drink down entirely

    "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work"

  16. devour, down, consume, go through(verb)

    eat immoderately

    "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"

  17. down(verb)

    bring down or defeat (an opponent)

  18. down, shoot down, land(verb)

    shoot at and force to come down

    "the enemy landed several of our aircraft"

  19. down, knock down, cut down, push down, pull down(verb)

    cause to come or go down

    "The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect"; "The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet"

  20. polish, refine, fine-tune, down(adverb)

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    "refine one's style of writing"

  21. down, downwards, downward, downwardly(adverb)

    spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position

    "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and skied down"; "prices plunged downward"

  22. down(adverb)

    away from a more central or a more northerly place

    "was sent down to work at the regional office"; "worked down on the farm"; "came down for the wedding"; "flew down to Florida"

  23. down(adverb)

    paid in cash at time of purchase

    "put ten dollars down on the necklace"

  24. down(adverb)

    from an earlier time

    "the story was passed down from father to son"

  25. down(adverb)

    to a lower intensity

    "he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black"

  26. down(adverb)

    in an inactive or inoperative state

    "the factory went down during the strike"; "the computer went down again"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. down(adverb)ʊn

    ≠ up

    a cat trying to get down from the tree; Put that down.; I found it down in the basement.

  2. downʊn

    into a sitting or lying position

    She's lying down.; Please sit down.

  3. downʊn

    ≠ up

    Turn the sound down.; He was waiting for the dogs to quiet down.; levels of pollution going down

  4. downʊn

    ≠ up

    We drove down south.; to fly down to Mexico

  5. downʊn

    indicates sth is written on a piece of paper

    She wrote the name down.; Put me down for the 8:00 slot.

  6. downʊn

    ≠ up

    We were down by seven at half time.

  7. downʊn

    ≠ up

    The network is down.

  8. downʊn

    (of items on a list) finished

    That's six down and six more to go.

  9. down(preposition)ʊn

    ≠ up

    My ring went down the drain.; He fell down the stairs.

  10. downʊn

    further along in a particular direction

    They were walking down the street.; a little farther down the river

  11. down(adjective)ʊn

    feeling sad; = depressed

    She seemed a little down.

  12. down(noun)ʊn

    the warm feathers of a duck or goose

    a down jacket/pillow


  1. Down(ProperNoun)

    One of the counties of Northern Ireland

  2. Origin: From dún.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Down(noun)

    fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool

  2. Down(noun)

    the soft under feathers of birds. They have short stems with soft rachis and bards and long threadlike barbules, without hooklets

  3. Down(noun)

    the pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the thistle

  4. Down(noun)

    the soft hair of the face when beginning to appear

  5. Down(noun)

    that which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down

  6. Down(verb)

    to cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down

  7. Down

    a bank or rounded hillock of sand thrown up by the wind along or near the shore; a flattish-topped hill; -- usually in the plural

  8. Down

    a tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep; -- usually in the plural

  9. Down

    a road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war

  10. Down

    a state of depression; low state; abasement

  11. Down(adverb)

    in the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below; -- the opposite of up

  12. Down(adverb)

    from a higher to a lower position, literally or figuratively; in a descending direction; from the top of an ascent; from an upright position; to the ground or floor; to or into a lower or an inferior condition; as, into a state of humility, disgrace, misery, and the like; into a state of rest; -- used with verbs indicating motion

  13. Down(adverb)

    in a low or the lowest position, literally or figuratively; at the bottom of a decent; below the horizon; of the ground; in a condition of humility, dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet

  14. Down(adverb)

    from a remoter or higher antiquity

  15. Down(adverb)

    from a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a thicker consistence; as, to boil down in cookery, or in making decoctions

  16. Down(adverb)

    in a descending direction along; from a higher to a lower place upon or within; at a lower place in or on; as, down a hill; down a well

  17. Down(adverb)

    hence: Towards the mouth of a river; towards the sea; as, to sail or swim down a stream; to sail down the sound

  18. Down(verb)

    to cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down

  19. Down(verb)

    to go down; to descend

  20. Down(adj)

    downcast; as, a down look

  21. Down(adj)

    downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial

  22. Down(adj)

    downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway


  1. Down

    Down is an American heavy metal supergroup that formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarist Pepper Keenan, guitarist Kirk Windstein, bassist Pat Bruders and drummer Jimmy Bower. Since their formation, Down has gone on hiatus twice. To date, Down has released three studio albums, NOLA, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow, and Down III: Over the Under. Since 2008, the band has been working on new material, which will result in a minimum of two EPs being released. The first, entitled Down IV Part I – The Purple EP, was released on September 18, 2012.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Down

    a maritime county in the SE. of the province of Ulster, Ireland, with a mostly level and fairly fertile soil, and manufactures of linen.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. down

    1. adj. Not operating. “The up escalator is down” is considered a humorous thing to say (unless of course you were expecting to use it), and “The elevator is down” always means “The elevator isn't working” and never refers to what floor the elevator is on. With respect to computers, this term has passed into the mainstream; the extension to other kinds of machine is still confined to techies (e.g. boiler mechanics may speak of a boiler being down). 2. go down vi. To stop functioning; usually said of the system. The message from the console that every hacker hates to hear from the operator is “System going down in 5 minutes”. 3. take down, bring down vt. To deactivate purposely, usually for repair work or PM. “I'm taking the system down to work on that bug in the tape drive.” Occasionally one hears the word down by itself used as a verb in this vt. sense.See crash; oppose up.


  1. Down

    Let your friends know you’re down for the night - Down (previously Bang With Friends) is a completely anonymous way to hook up with your Facebook friends!

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'down' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #105

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'down' in Written Corpus Frequency: #110

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'down' in Nouns Frequency: #2582

  4. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'down' in Adverbs Frequency: #13

Translations for down

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


towards or in a low or lower position, level or state

He climbed down to the bottom of the ladder.

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