downward

[doun-werd]
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; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard. See down1, -ward

downwardly, adverb
downwardness, noun
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downward (ˈdaʊnwəd)
 
adj
1.  descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
2.  descending from a beginning
 
adv
3.  a variant of downwards
 
'downwardly
 
adv
 
'downwardness
 
n

downwards or downward (ˈdaʊnwədz)
 
adv
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 or downward
 
adv

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downward
c.1200, from down (adv.) + -ward.
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Example sentences 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.
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