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[doun-streem] /ˈdaʊnˈstrim/
with or in the direction of the current of a stream.
of or relating to the latter part of a process or system.
Genetics. with or in the direction of transcription, translation, or synthesis of a DNA, RNA, or protein molecule.
Origin of downstream
1700-10; down1 + stream Unabridged
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  • For instance, upstream construction can cause silting downstream.
  • With high hopes they put their craft into the water and moved downstream.
  • Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream.
  • If this happens, water that the ice dam had been holding back can rush downstream, causing flash floods.
  • As rain or melting snow fill river, ice at the surface cracks and breaks up into chunks that float downstream.
  • The gentle current allows you to raft upstream or down, eliminating the need to park a second vehicle downstream.
  • More often than many people realize, fast-moving water carries the car downstream.
  • If fits aren't snug, the circuit is broken and everything downstream of the break will fail to light.
  • They are made in the interest of downstream benefits, many of which never materialize.
  • The results indicated that the flow of energy was from larger to smaller eddies, where it gradually dissipated downstream.
British Dictionary definitions for downstream


adverb, adjective
in or towards the lower part of a stream; with the current
(in the oil industry) of or for the refining, distribution, or marketing of oil or its derived products Compare upstream (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for downstream
adv., adj.

1706, from down (prep.) + stream (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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downstream in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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