from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In, to, or toward a lower place, level, or position: floating downward.
- adv. Toward a lower position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: slid downward into poverty.
- adv. Toward the feet or lower parts: clothed from the waist downward.
- adv. Toward a lower amount, degree, or rank: stocks plummeted downward.
- adv. From a prior source or earlier time: passed downward through the ages.
- adj. Directed toward a lower place or position: downward movement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. toward a lower level, either in space or in a hierarchy or an amount
- adj. moving or sloping down
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course.
- adv. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or ruin.
- adv. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from one to another in a descending line.
- adj. Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower level; declivous.
- adj. Descending from a head, origin, or source.
- adj. Tending to a lower condition or state; depressed; dejected.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- From a higher to a lower place, condition, or state.
- In a course or direction from a head, origin, source, or remoter point in space or in time: as, water flows downward toward the sea; to trace successive generations downward from the earliest records.
- In the lower parts; as regards the lower parts or extremities.
- Moving or tending from a higher to a lower place, condition, or state; taking a descending direction, literally or figuratively: as, the downward course of a mountain path, or of a drunkard.
- Descending from a head, origin, or source: as, the downward course of a river; a downward tracing of records.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
- adj. on or toward a surface regarded as a base
- adv. spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
down + -ward (Wiktionary)