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.
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, downward,
downwardly] [ant: up, up, up, up]