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downward

[doun-werd] /ˈdaʊn wərd/
adverb
1.
Also, downwards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
2.
down from a source or beginning:
As the river flows downward, it widens.
3.
from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor:
The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
adjective
4.
moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
5.
descending from a source or beginning.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard. See down1, -ward
Related forms
downwardly, adverb
downwardness, noun
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Examples for downwards
  • Bellbottoms is a trousers that become wider from the knees downwards.
  • Then the player throws it downwards with a smooth light motion.
  • The inscription is written counterclockwise and is to be read from the top downwards.
  • Both pairs will try to gain and maintain the attack, smashing downwards when possible.
  • The land slopes gently downwards to the north and north west.
British Dictionary definitions for downwards

downwards

/ˈdaʊnwədz/
adverb
1.
from a higher to a lower place, level, etc
2.
from an earlier time or source to a later from the Tudors downwards

downward

/ˈdaʊnwəd/
adjective
1.
descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
2.
descending from a beginning
adverb
3.
a variant of downwards
Derived Forms
downwardly, adverb
downwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downwards

downward

adv.

c.1200, from down (adv.) + -ward. Old English had aduneweard in this sense. Downwards, with adverbial genitive, had a parallel in Old English ofduneweardes.

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