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Definitions for downward
ˈdaʊn wərddown·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. down(a), downward(a)adjective

    extending or moving from a higher to a lower place

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

  2. downward(ip)adverb

    on or toward a surface regarded as a base

    "he lay face downward"; "the downward pull of gravity"

  3. down, downwards, downward, downwardlyadverb

    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"


  1. downwardadverb

    toward a lower level, either in space or in a hierarchy or an amount

    His position in society moved ever downward.

  2. downwardadjective

    moving or sloping down

    He spoke with a downward glance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Downwardadjective

    With downward force,
    That drove the sand along, he took his way,
    And roll’d his yellow billows to the sea. John Dryden, Æn.

    When Aurora leaves our northern sphere,
    She lights the downward heaven, and rises there. John Dryden, Virg.

    At the lowest of my downward thoughts, I pulled up my heart to remember, that nothing is atchieved before it be thoroughly attempted, and that lying still doth never go forward. Philip Sidney.

  2. Downward, Downwardsadverb

    Etymology: duneweard, Saxon.

    As you lift up the glasses the drop will ascend slower and slower, and at length rest, being carried downward by its weight, as much as upwards by the attraction. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Look downward on that globe, whose hither sides,
    With light from hence, shines. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii.

    Hills are ornamental to the earth, affording pleasant prospects to them that look downwards from them upon the subjacent countries. John Ray, on the Creation.

    What would this man? Now upward will he soar,
    And little less than angel, would be more:
    Now looking downwards, just as griev’d, appears
    To want the strength of bulls, the fur of bears. Alexander Pope.

    A ring the count does wear,
    That downward hath succeeded in his house,
    From son to son, some four or five descents. William Shakespeare.


  1. Downward

    Downward is an English surname.


  1. downward

    Downward refers to a direction or tendency towards a lower level, point or value, often physically, but can also refer to abstract concepts such as status or performance. In other words, it is moving or extending towards a lower place or position. It could be the opposite of upward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Downwardadverb

    alt. of Downwards

  2. Downwardadjective

    moving or extending from a higher to a lower place; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower level; declivous

  3. Downwardadjective

    descending from a head, origin, or source; as, a downward line of descent

  4. Downwardadjective

    tending to a lower condition or state; depressed; dejected; as, downward thoughts

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Downward is ranked #100791 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Downward surname appeared 179 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Downward.

    95.5% or 171 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of downward in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of downward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of downward in a Sentence

  1. Danielle Outlaw:

    Residence are feeling dismayed, obviously. There's a general feeling of fear, whether it's perception or reality just because of the numbers we're seeing, our homicides have been trending slightly downward, but … we're still seeing a vast number of shootings.

  2. Anthony Chan:

    There is still downward pressure on earnings. That's why when there is (negative) geopolitical news, some funds might want to sell and lock in their performance.

  3. Shinichiro Kadota:

    With the announcement from the U.S on the Chinese tariffs, the reaction on the policy side from China will be the key event to watch in the coming days, if China does react with further escalation in tariffs, the U.S. equity market as well as the dollar-yen or Australian dollar could face further downward pressures.

  4. Jan Hatzius:

    That is the worry: That you get turmoil in financial markets, a big tightening in financial conditions and that adds to downward pressure on economic activity, that is certainly the worry. It’s not our expectation.

  5. State John Kerry:

    I don’t think you heard … any scintilla, not one tiny piece, of an indication of this downward spiral, i think what you saw was ascending relationship with great clarity about the things on which we’re going to cooperate. Even as there is some disagreement about how to approach one, or two, or three issues ….

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    A emanate
    B abash
    C transpire
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