downward definition

  • adverb:
    • In, to, or toward a reduced destination, degree, or place: drifting downward.
    • Toward a lower position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: slid downward into poverty.
    • Toward the feet or reduced components: clothed through the waist downward.
    • Toward a lower amount, degree, or ranking: stocks plummeted downward.
    • From a prior supply or earlier time: passed away downward through many years.
    • toward a lesser degree, either in area or in a hierarchy or an amount
    • From an increased spot to a reduced; in a descending program.
    • From a higher to a diminished condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or harm.
    • From a remote time; from an ancestor or forerunner; from to a different in a descending line.
    • spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lowered degree or position
  • adjective:
    • Directed toward a lowered location or place: downward motion.
    • going or sloping down
    • Moving or extending from a greater to a diminished destination; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a diminished amount; declivous.
    • Descending from a head, source, or supply.
    • maintaining a lower life expectancy problem or state; depressed; dejected.
    • expanding or moving from an increased to less place
    • on or toward a surface considered to be a base
  • others:
    • From a higher to less location, condition, or state.
    • In a course or course from a head, beginning, source, or remoter part of room or in time: as, water moves downward toward the sea; to trace consecutive generations downward through the very first records.
    • in reduced components; as regards the lower components or extremities.
    • going or tending from a greater to a lower place, problem, or condition; using a descending direction, literally or figuratively: since, the downward course of a mountain road, or of a drunkard.
    • Descending from a head, origin, or supply: as, the downward span of a river; a downward tracing of files.

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