Down·ward Down·wards adv.
1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course; as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or downwards. “Looking downwards.”
Their heads they downward bent. --Drayton.
2. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or ruin.
And downward fell into a groveling swine. --Milton.
3. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from one to another in a descending line.
A ring the county wears,
That downward hath descended in his house,
From son to son, some four or five descents. --Shak.
1. Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower level; declivous.
With downward force
That drove the sand along he took his way. --Dryden.
2. Descending from a head, origin, or source; as, a downward line of descent.
3. Tending to a lower condition or state; depressed; dejected; as, downward thoughts.
adj 1: on or toward a surface regarded as a base; "he lay face
downward"; "the downward pull of gravity" [syn: downward(ip)]
2: extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; "the
down staircase"; "the downward course of the stream" [syn:
adv : spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level
or position; "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and
skied down"; "prices plunged downward" [syn: down, downwards,
downwardly] [ant: up, up, up, up]