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[draw-doun] /ˈdrɔˌdaʊn/
a lowering of water surface level, as in a well.
a reduction or depletion:
a drawdown of weapons in an arms-limitation plan.
Origin of drawdown
1780-90, for literal sense; draw + down1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drawdown
  • Though he spoke in favor of a drawdown, he voted against the withdrawal of troops.
  • They look to me to land a big return, but without risk or drawdown.
  • How quickly the drawdown takes place is the subject of behind-the-scenes arguments.
  • The drop in payroll employment was due, in no small part, to the continuing drawdown in the temporary census workforce.
  • There may still be a little wriggle room over the precise phasing of the drawdown, however.
  • The depth of drawdown listed above is not from the current level, but is from the normal full pond level.
  • The drawdown is being conducted to reduce muddy water and renovate the lake bottom.
  • The depth of drawdown listed below is not from the current level, but is from the normal full pond level.
  • We're starting this drawdown from a position of strength.
British Dictionary definitions for drawdown


a depletion or reduction, for example of supplies
a continuous decline in an investment or fund, usually expressed as a percentage between its highest and lowest levels
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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drawdown in Science
  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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