Downward

Definition of Downward

Down´ward
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.
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.
a.1.Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower level; declivous.
With downward force
That drove the sand along he took his way.
- Dryden.
2.Descending from a head, origin, or source; as, a downward line of descent.
3.Tending to a lower condition or state; depressed; dejected; as, downward thoughts.

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