What does downward mean?

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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.

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

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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. Todd Harris:

    While we can't say explicitly the cause of the downward trend, what we do know is that there is a trend of increasing regulatory scrutiny, which may cause manufacturers to adhere to stricter quality guidelines.

  2. Brian Hainline:

    When we started talking about return to sport in April, we were envisioning that there would be a continued downward trajectory of Covid-19 new infections and deaths -- that there would be a national surveillance system, national testing and national contact tracing -- that would allow us to really navigate this pandemic into re-socializing both in sport and in the rest of society, and that hasn't happened.

  3. James Alan Fox:

    Since 1976, there have been ups and downs in incidents but there has been no trend upward or downward in mass shootings.

  4. Phillip Futures:

    Prices seem adamant on staying above support levels, and it seems they will hold for this festive season, normally, positive stockpile data of this magnitude would surely have broken support levels. However, it seems there is not enough downward pressure to keep prices down.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    GMDC share fast downward journey indicates that stock market is on carnage. No business channel is showing that perhaps 90% of the traders have quit the capital market. This share is reflection of 2008 market crash

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