down-cast

downcast

[doun-kast, -kahst]

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English douncasten. See down1, cast

downcastly, adverb
downcastness, noun


2. sad, desolate, disconsolate; low, blue.
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downcast (ˈdaʊnˌkɑːst)
 
adj
1.  dejected
2.  (esp of the eyes) directed downwards
 
n
3.  mining a ventilation shaft
4.  geology another word for downthrow

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downcast
c.1600, from pp. of obs. verb downcast (c.1300), from down (adv.) + cast (v.). Literal at first; figurative sense is 1630s.
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