Also, downwards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
descending from a source or beginning.
Origin: 1150–1200; Middle English dounward, Related forms
aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard.