What does down mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word down.

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"


  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

  23. Origin: [OE. dun, doun, AS. dn; of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. dn hill, fortified hill, Gael. dun heap, hillock, hill, W. din a fortified hill or mount; akin to E. town. See Town, and cf. Down, adv. & prep., Dune.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Down

    down, n. the soft hair under the feathers of fowls: the hairy covering of the seeds of certain plants: anything which soothes or invites to repose.—n. Down′-bed.—p.adj. Downed, filled or covered with down.—ns. Down′iness; Down′-quilt.—adj. Down′y, covered with or made of down: like down: soft: soothing: (slang) knowing.—The downy (slang), bed. [Ice. dúnn; Ger. daune, dune.]

  2. Down

    down, n. a bank of sand thrown up by the sea (same as Dune): a treeless land: (pl.) a tract of hilly land, used for pasturing sheep, as the North Downs (Kent) and South Downs (Sussex)—also given to the famous roadstead off the east coast of Kent, inside the Goodwin Sands. [A.S. dún, a hill; prob. from Celt. dun, as in Dunkeld, &c.]

  3. Down

    down, adv. from a higher to a lower position: on the ground: from earlier to later times: from thick to thin, from large to small (to boil down, to cut down): from more to less (to beat down a price).—prep. along a descent: from a higher to a lower position or state.—v.t. to knock down: to dispirit—also used as a kind of interjection, with get, go, come, kneel, &c. understood.—n. a tendency to be down upon, a grudge against: a descent, reverse of fortune.—v.i. Down′-bear, to bear or press down.—adj. Down′cast, dejected.—ns. Down′come, a fall, ruin, a heavy pour of rain; Down′-draught, a current of air downwards; Down′-east′er, one living 'down east' from the speaker, a New Englander, and esp. an inhabitant of Maine; Down′fall, fall, failure, humiliation, ruin: a falling down, as of rain.—adjs. Down′fallen, ruined; Down′-gyved (Shak.), hanging down like fetters.—n. Down′-haul, a rope by which a jib, &c., is hauled down when set.—adjs. Down′-heart′ed, dejected; Down′hill, descending, sloping.—n. Down′-line, the line of a railway leading from the capital, or other important centre, to the provinces.—adj. Down′looked (Dryden), downcast, gloomy.—ns. Down′-ly′ing, time of retiring to rest: a woman's lying-in; Down′pour, a heavy fall of rain, &c.—adv. Down′right (obs.), perpendicular: in plain terms: utterly.—adj. plain spoken: brusque: utter (as in downright madness).—ns. Down′rightness; Down′rush, a rushing down (as of gas, hot air, &c.); Down′-set′ting, a setting down, a snub; Down′-sit′ting, sitting down, time of rest (Ps. cxxxix. 2).—advs. Down′stairs, in, or to, a lower story; Down′-stream, with the current.—ns. Down′-throw, act of throwing down, state of being thrown down: a sinking of strata below the level of the surrounding beds; Down′-train, a railway train proceeding from the chief terminus.—adj. Down′-trodden, trampled on, tyrannised over.—advs. Down′ward, Down′wards, from higher to lower: from source to outlet: from more ancient to modern: in the lower part.—adj. Down′ward.—Down east (U.S.), in or into Maine and adjoining parts of New England; Down in the mouth, in low spirits; Down on one's luck, in ill-luck; Down south, in the southern states; Down to the country, away into the country, from London (hence 'down to the Derby,' 'down to Scotland'); Down with your money, lay it down, pay it.—A down-train, a train away from London.—Lay down the law, to expound authoritatively. [A corr. of M. E. a-dawn, adun—A.S. of dúne, 'from the h

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

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of down in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of down in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ben Stern:

    Shut up! Sit Down!

  2. Donald Trump:

    Jeb is down the toilet.

  3. Donald Trump:

    He’ll get bogged down.

  4. Amber Jordan:

    The jobs go up and down.

  5. Eric Johnson:

    It won't slow China down.

Images & Illustrations of down

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Translations for down

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تحتArabic
  • ўнізе, ўнізBelarusian
  • юг, надолу, долу, мъх, пух, поBulgarian
  • avall, intent, deprimit, moix, baixCatalan, Valencian
  • ven, dolů, dole, chmýříCzech
  • nede, ned, bane, lade falde, hælde ned, højdedrag, tabe, sluge, nedad, nedadgående, lav, langt nede, dun, aftagende, deprimeret, hen ad, ned adDanish
  • runterkippen, Hügel, herunter, fallen lassen, schlucken, unten, versenken, runter, drinken, exen, Daune, downGerman
  • κάτω, λοφάκι, πούπουλα, κάτω σεGreek
  • trinkegi, malurben, malsupren, suben, suden, suba, lanugo, malsupra, [[sub]] [[-n]]Esperanto
  • abajo, porSpanish
  • پایین, میدانPersian
  • pussittaa, alaspäin, kaataa, alas, kumota, untuva, allapäin, alakuloinenFinnish
  • raFijian
  • descends, couché, faire cul sec, à bas, descendez, laisser tomber, en bas, sud, duvet, vers le basFrench
  • delWestern Frisian
  • suas, síos, thíosIrish
  • deas, a-nuas, a-mach, shìos, sìos, a-bhàn, a-bhuas, clòimh, clòimhteach, leScottish Gaelic
  • penuxeGalician
  • מטהHebrew
  • नीचेHindi
  • felhajt, lehajt, le, piheHungarian
  • աղվամազArmenian
  • giù, abbasso, piuminoItalian
  • 下, 下り, 南, 綿毛, ダウンJapanese
  • qivioqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • ចុះKhmer
  • 아래Korean
  • daketin, daxistin, dahatin, dahanînKurdish
  • manbluvCornish
  • deorsumLatin
  • ລົງLao
  • lejā, leju, lejupLatvian
  • huneMāori
  • југ, надолу, долу, ритче, пие на екс, потиштен, тажен, мов, паперје, намаленMacedonian
  • teguk, sedih, murungMalay
  • baxx, isfelMaltese
  • neer, laten, baan, kwart, zuipen, heuvel, down, atten, af, beneden, droppen, drinken, uit, vallen, potten, veld, ronde, laag, dons, depri, depressiefDutch
  • ned, nede, dunNorwegian
  • na dół, w dół, na dole, puchPolish
  • embaixo, abaixo, colina, fora, para baixo, engolir, juso, penugem, triste, deprimido, baixo, [[através]] [[de]], porPortuguese
  • jos, în jos, spre-n jos, la sud, deprimat, căzutRomanian
  • книзу, урони́ть, город, холм, сбить, вниз, юг, внизу, свали́ть, ниже, [[вы́пить]] [[залп, [[безлесый, пух, снижающийся, печальный, подавленный, пушок, вдоль, поRussian
  • dolu, doleSlovak
  • spodaj, pogoltniti, južno, puh, dôlSlovene
  • ned, ner, dunSwedish
  • chiniSwahili
  • ต่ำ, ลงThai
  • вниз, донизу, внизуUkrainian
  • نیچےUrdu
  • daunVolapük

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