downward


downward

downward [doun-werd] ExamplesWord Origin adverb

  1. Also down·wards. 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

  1. moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
  2. descending from a source or beginning.

Origin of downward 1150–1200; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard. See down1, -ward Related formsdown·ward·ly, adverbdown·ward·ness, noun Examples from the Web for downwardly Contemporary Examples of downwardly

  • There’s nothing more of-the-moment than young white people who are downwardly mobile and loving it.

    Dave Eggers, Arcade Fire and Other Hipsters Shun the Internet

    James Poulos

    September 22, 2013

  • Historical Examples of downwardly

  • The upper plate of the column has downwardly projecting partitions b which with the partitions a form a series of traps.

    A Practical Handbook on the Distillation of Alcohol from Farm Products

    F. B. Wright

  • Thorax subspherical, in the upper half with three conical, downwardly diverging wings, about as long as its radius.

    Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Thorax campanulate, in the upper half with three short, downwardly diverging, conical wings.

    Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index

    Ernst Haeckel

  • The downwardly directed head is covered by the pronotum, and the three terminal antennal segments form a distinct club.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6

    Various

  • British Dictionary definitions for downwardly downward adjective

    1. descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
    2. descending from a beginning

    adverb

    1. a variant of downwards

    Derived Formsdownwardly, adverbdownwardness, noun Word Origin and History for downwardly 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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