from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A steep or abrupt downward slope.
  • noun A noticeable decrease.
  • noun A designated place where people or things can be left.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a noticeable decline in performance.
  • noun a steep high face of rock.
  • noun a change downward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sudden downward slope
  • noun A sudden decrease (such as in the level of sales)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb leave or unload
  • verb get worse
  • verb fall or diminish
  • verb retreat
  • verb change from a waking to a sleeping state
  • noun a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality
  • noun a steep high face of rock
  • noun a change downward


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