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[doun-draft, -drahft] /ˈdaʊnˌdræft, -ˌdrɑft/
a downward current, as of air:
a downdraft in a mine shaft.
a downward movement, as of the stock market.
Origin of downdraft
1780-90; down1 + draft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At the same time, a powerful downdraft pushed rain and hail to the ground.
  • The air in the downdraft wrapped around the air in the updraft.
  • At the same time, a cooler downdraft pushed rain and hail to the ground.
  • Powerful downdraft machines are promised to suck the usual smoke and cooking smells out through the floor.
  • It met with a powerful downdraft at this point and sank into it.
  • While some are unfortunately caught in the economic downdraft, plenty of firms deserve to be in the mix.
  • It would make the air cooler and cause it to sink, thus creating a downdraft that would suck more air into the tower.
  • Even the slightest breeze causes a downdraft and the house fills with smoke.
  • The light blue line is the forward flank downdraft, which brings wind, rain and sometimes hail.
  • Other methods of estimating the downdraft potential are also available to the forecaster.
downdraft in Science
A downward moving current of air in a cumulonimbus cloud. Compare updraft.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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