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Definitions of down

  1. eat immoderately; " Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
  2. cut down; " the tree is down"
  3. lower than previously; " the market is depressed"; " prices are down"
  4. shoot at and force to come down; of aircraft
  5. a complete play to advance the football; " you have 4 downs to gain 10 yards"
  6. soft fine feathers
  7. ( usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
  8. English physician who first described Down's syndrome ( 1828- 1896)
  9. away from a more central or a more northerly place; " was sent down to work at the regional office"; " worked down on the farm"; " came down for the wedding"; " flew down to Florida"
  10. paid in cash at time of purchase; " put ten dollars down on the necklace"
  11. in an inactive or inoperative state; " the factory went down during the strike"; " the computer went down again"
  12. to a lower intensity; " he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black"
  13. the fractional price paid in cash at time of purchase; " the down payment"; " a payment of $ 200 down"
  14. extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; " the down staircase"; " the downward course of the stream"
  15. out; " two down in the last of the ninth"
  16. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; " refine one's style of writing"
  17. ( American football) a complete play to advance the football; " you have 4 downs to gain 10 yards"
  18. fine soft dense hair ( as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
  19. bring down or defeat ( an opponent)
  20. drink down entirely; " He downed three martinis before dinner"; " She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; " They popped a few beer after work"
  21. shoot at and force to come down; " the enemy landed several of our aircraft"
  22. not functioning ( temporarily or permanently); " we can't work because the computer is down"
  23. shut; " the shades were down"
  24. becoming progressively lower; " the down trend in the real estate market"
  25. being or moving lower in position or less in some value; " lay face down"; " the moon is down"; " our team is down by a run"; " down by a pawn"; " the stock market is down today"
  26. from an earlier time; " the story was passed down from father to son"
  27. Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool
  28. The soft under feathers of birds. They have short stems with soft rachis and bards and long threadlike barbules, without hooklets.
  29. The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the thistle.
  30. The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.
  31. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down
  32. To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down.
  33. A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war.
  34. A state of depression; low state; abasement.
  35. From a higher to a lower position, literally or figuratively; in a descending direction; from the top of an ascent; from an upright position; to the ground or floor; to or into a lower or an inferior condition; as, into a state of humility, disgrace, misery, and the like; into a state of rest; -- used with verbs indicating motion.
  36. In a low or the lowest position, literally or figuratively; at the bottom of a decent; below the horizon; of the ground; in a condition of humility, dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet.
  37. From a remoter or higher antiquity.
  38. In a descending direction along; from a higher to a lower place upon or within; at a lower place in or on; as, down a hill; down a well.
  39. Hence: Towards the mouth of a river; towards the sea; as, to sail or swim down a stream; to sail down the sound.
  40. To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down.
  41. To go down; to descend.
  42. Downcast; as, a down look.
  43. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial.
  44. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway.
  45. A bank or rounded hillock of sand thrown up by the wind along or near the shore; a flattish- topped hill; - usually in the plural.
  46. A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep; - usually in the plural.
  47. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below; - the opposite of up.
  48. Soft feathers, hair, or wool; the soft fibers of plants; banks or small, rounded hills of sand.
  49. From a higher to a lower degree or position; at the lowest point; on the ground; below the horizon; opposite to up; from earlier to later times; in hand, or on the counter; as, to pay down for goods; on paper, or in a book.
  50. Dejected; downcast.
  51. Along a descent of; from a higher to a lower place on; along the course or current of.
  52. The soft hair under the feathers of fowls: the hairy covering of the seeds of certain plants: anything which soothes or invites to repose.
  53. A bank of sand thrown up by the sea:- pl. a tract of hilly land, used for pasturing sheep.
  54. From a higher to a lower position: on the ground: from earlier to later times.
  55. Along a descent: from a higher to a lower position or state.
  56. Along a descent.
  57. In a descending direction; on the ground; below the horizon.
  58. Soft feathers or fine hair; bank of sand thrown up by the sea.
  59. Fine soft plumage, hair, or fibers.
  60. A flat - topped treeless hill; undulating tract of upland.
  61. From a higher to or toward a lower place or position; downward to or on the ground; below the horizon.
  62. In a descending direction along, upon, or within.
  63. Downcast.
  64. Along a descent; from a higher to a lower place; toward the mouth of a river; from the capital of a country; from the head terminus of a railway. Down the sound, in the direction of the ebb- tide toward the sea. Down the country, toward the sea or from the metropolis.
  65. The fine soft feathers of fowls, particularly of the duck kind; fine hair; a fine hairy substance, the pubescence of flowers; a fine feathery substance, by which seeds are wafted to a distance; anything that soothes, or a place of soft repose.
  66. A bank of sand thrown up by the sea; a tract of naked hilly land used only for pasturing sheep. The downs, a well- known road for shipping in the English Channel near Deal.
  67. A depressed state. Up and down, here and there. Down with, to pull down or throw or take down.
  68. The fine soft feathers of fowls; any fine hairy substance light enough to float in the air.
  69. From a higher to a lower place; on the ground; extended or prostrate on any surface; toward the mouth of a river; below the horizon, as the sun; into a due consistence, as, to boil down. Note.- Persons in London say down to Scotland, & c., and those in the provinces, up to London.
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Usage examples for down

  1. Would I come down there at once? – The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page
  2. " You had better not put her down: she doesn't live with me. – Stories and Pictures by Isaac Loeb Peretz
  3. Take it from me, Mr. 'Awkes, he's not going to give 'er the chawnce to turn 'im down." – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  4. Howll I live it down? – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  5. I can sit down by myself. – Mr. Pim Passes By by Alan Alexander Milne
  6. Come down and see what I have for you. – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue Giving a Show by Laura Lee Hope
  7. Are they coming down?... – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  8. Must keep myself down. – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  9. In that case we must go down at once. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  10. " Come on down," I said. – Waiting for Daylight by Henry Major Tomlinson
  11. And down he went. – Eskimo Folktales by Unknown
  12. Came down to the last day. – Sunny Slopes by Ethel Hueston
  13. Let us go down. – Tales from the Veld by Ernest Glanville
  14. " You set right down," said Uncle William. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  15. It was Priddy, going down to Mazzicombe. – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  16. " I cannot come down to- day. – Children of Borneo by Edwin Herbert Gomes
  17. " Told him to come on down," said Jack. – The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards by Gerald Breckenridge
  18. You can talk to me all you like when I come down. – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  19. I had no idea you were down here! – Embarrassments by Henry James
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