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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Downward  \Down"ward\,  Downwards  \Down"wards\,  adv  [AS. 
  ad?nweard.  See  {Down},  adv.,  and  {-ward}.] 
  1.  From  a  higher  place  to  a  lower;  in  a  descending  course; 
  as  to  tend,  move  roll,  look  or  take  root,  downward  or 
  downwards.  ``Looking  downwards.''  --Pope. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  downwards 
  adv  :  spatially  or  metaphorically  from  a  higher  to  a  lower  level 
  or  position;  "don't  fall  down";  "rode  the  lift  up  and 
  skied  down";  "prices  plunged  downward"  [syn:  {down},  {downward}, 
  {downwardly}]  [ant:  {up},  {up},  {up},  {up}] 




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