downstate

[n., adv. doun-steyt; adj. doun-steyt]
noun
1.
the southern part of a U.S. state.
adjective
2.
located in or characteristic of this part: The downstate precincts reported early.
adverb
3.
in, to, or into the downstate area: We're going downstate for the holidays.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; down1 + state

downstater, noun
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downstate (ˈdaʊnˌsteɪt)
 
adj
1.  in, or relating to the part of the state away from large cities, esp the southern part
 
adv
2.  towards the southern part of a state
 
n
3.  the southern part of a state

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Five downstate ponds to be treated against the spread of aquatic weeds.
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