- 1Toward a lower place, point, or level: he was lying face downwardMore example sentences
- It is generally longer than it is wide and its floor slopes downwards towards a junction either with another valley or a plain.
- The talonid basin lacks rugosity and slopes gently downward towards the ectolophid.
- I cast my gaze downwards towards the floor then looked back up at his hazel eyes.
- 1.1Used to indicate that something applies to everyone in a certain hierarchy or set: new rules on sick leave affect employees of all grades, from managers downwardMore example sentences
- Everyone, from President Mubarak downwards, has assured me of the desire to increase the levels of trade.
- The pressure from everyone, from the Prime Minister downwards, seems to be having some effect at last.
- The whole issue has been handled terribly, right from governmental level downwards.
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- Moving or leading toward a lower place or level: the downward curve of the stairs a downward trend in inflationMore example sentences
descending, downhill, falling, sinking, dipping; earthbound, earthward
- He said construction inflation was on a downward trend and prices for tenders were coming down steadily.
- They seem to envisage an irreversible downward spiral leading to the depopulation of Australia.
- After all there is an intense competition, creating a downward spiral leading to unviable rates?
Middle English: shortening of Old English adūnweard.