Definition of downcast in English:


Syllabification: down·cast
Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌkast


  • 1(Of a person’s eyes) looking downward: her modestly downcast eyes
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    • The lady in waiting was silent, with downcast eyes and a broken spirit.
    • Chloe raised her blue downcast eyes and stared up at the young woman who had appeared in front of the breakfast table.
    • The simple, archaic gesture, a performance of downcast eyes and busy hands, puts across a feminist rereading of the woman's straightjacket.


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  • A shaft dug in a mine for extra ventilation.
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    • The probable explanation is, that the return air was leaking across into the downcast shaft at various levels.

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