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down1 US English

Toward or in a lower place or position, especially to or on the ground or another surface

down2 US English

Soft fine fluffy feathers that form the first covering of a young bird or an insulating layer below the contour feathers of an adult bird

down3 US English

A gently rolling hill

Down US English

One of the six counties of Northern Ireland, formerly an administrative area; chief town, Downpatrick

down1 US Thesaurus

they went down in the elevator

down2 US Thesaurus

goose down

Down New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

county of Northern Ireland

cut someone off in their prime US English

Bring someone’s life or career to an abrupt end while they are at the peak of their abilities

dumps US English

(Of a person) depressed or unhappy

bring something about one's ears US English

Bring something, especially misfortune, on oneself

come back to earth US English

Return or cause to return to reality after a period of daydreaming or excitement

by the head US English

(Of a boat or ship) deeper in the water forward than astern

lead someone up the garden path US English

Give someone misleading clues or signals

along the line US English

At a further, later, or unspecified point

talk someone/something up US English

Discuss someone or something in a way that makes them seem more (or less) interesting or attractive

thumbs up US English

An indication of satisfaction or approval (or of rejection or failure)

Down in Down syndrome US English

A congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities including short stature and a broad facial profile. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy (trisomy-21)

go down US English

(Of a ship or aircraft) sink or crash

back down US English

Withdraw a claim or assertion in the face of opposition

bear down US English

(Of a woman in labor) exert downward pressure in order to push the baby out

beat down US English

(Of the sun) radiate intense heat and brightness

come down US English

(Of a building or other structure) collapse or be demolished

down pat US English

Memorized or mastered perfectly

down-bow US English

(On a stringed instrument) a stroke in which the bow, from handle to tip, is slid across the strings in a motion of the hand moving away from the strings

Down East US English

A name for northeastern New England and for the Maritime Provinces that is derived from an old term for sailing downwind, to the east

down-hole US English

(In the oil industry) used, occurring, or performed in a well or borehole

down-home US English

Connected with an unpretentious way of life, especially that of rural peoples or areas

down-low US English

On the quiet; in secret

drop-down US English

Dropping down or unfolding when required

face down US English

With the face or surface turned toward the ground

fall down US English

Be shown to be inadequate or false; fail

gear down US English

Change to a lower (or higher) gear

get down US English

Enjoy oneself by being uninhibited, especially with friends in a social setting

keep down US English

Stay hidden by crouching or lying down

kick-down US English

A device for changing gear in a motor vehicle with automatic transmission by full depression of the accelerator

lash down US English

(Of rain) fall very heavily

let down US English

(Of an aircraft or a pilot) descend before making a landing

lie-down US English

A short rest in which one lies down on a bed, sofa, etc.

melt down US English

Collapse or break down disastrously

one-down US English

At a psychological disadvantage in a game or a competitive situation

pat-down US English

An act of searching a person for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs, made by passing the hands over their clothing

pipe down US English

Stop talking; be less noisy

pull-down US English

(Of a menu) appearing below a menu title only while selected

put-down US English

A remark intended to humiliate or criticize someone

shut down US English

Cease (or cause something to cease) business or operation

sit down US English

Encamp outside a city in order to besiege it

sit-down US English

(Of a meal) eaten sitting at a table

spin-down US English

A decrease in the speed of rotation of a spinning object, in particular a heavenly body or a computer disk

step down US English

Withdraw or resign from an important position or office

tie-down US English

Rope, cord, straps, or chains used to attach or secure an item


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