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drawdown

[draw-doun] /ˈdrɔˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
a lowering of water surface level, as in a well.
2.
a reduction or depletion:
a drawdown of weapons in an arms-limitation plan.
Origin of drawdown
1780-1790
1780-90, for literal sense; draw + down1
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drawdown

/ˈdrɔːˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
a depletion or reduction, for example of supplies
2.
a continuous decline in an investment or fund, usually expressed as a percentage between its highest and lowest levels
3.
the intentional draining of a body of water such as a lake or reservoir, to a given depth
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Word Origin and History for drawdown
n.

of troops, by 1991, in reference to the end of the Cold War; from draw (v.) + down (adv.). Earlier of wells (c.1900).

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drawdown
  (drô'doun')   
  1. A lowering of the water level in a reservoir or other body of water, especially as the result of withdrawal.

  2. The difference in elevation between the level of water in a well and the level of groundwater in the area in which the well is located.


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