Definition of downchange in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊntʃeɪndʒ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A change to a lower gear in a motor vehicle.
Example sentences
  • I have now accustomed myself to its limitations and have become reserved about overtaking and used to swift downchanges of gear.
  • You need to match the revs on the downchange when pressing on with the largely forgotten art of heel-and-toe.
  • It would be better if the brake pedal offered a more stable fulcrum for heel-and-toe downchanges, even if that meant it needed a firmer shove.


[with object]
1Put (a vehicle) into a lower gear.
1.1 [no object] Change to a lower gear.
Example sentences
  • The system worked well, t hough it seemed slow to respond to the ‘resume’ command - unlike some German vehicles, which respond fast by downchanging and propelling you to the chosen speed.
  • Cue frantic braking, downchanging and wheel twirling in that order, combined with the anticipation of the front end sliding wide to the accompaniment of squealing rubber.
  • I just downchanged going up a hill, and it snapped on me.
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