down·cast a. Cast downward; directed to the ground, from bashfulness, modesty, dejection, or guilt.
'T is love, said she; and then my downcast eyes,
And guilty dumbness, witnessed my surprise. --Dryden.
-- Down*cast*ly, adv. -- Down*cast*ness, n.
1. Downcast or melancholy look.
That downcast of thine eye. --Beau. & Fl.
2. Mining A ventilating shaft down which the air passes in circulating through a mine.
adj 1: directed downward; "a downcast glance"
2: low in spirits; "lonely and blue in a strange city";
"depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and
resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his
defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted" [syn: blue,
depressed, dispirited, down(p), downhearted, down
in the mouth, low, low-spirited]
n : a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine