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downward adj
1 on or toward a surface regarded as a base; "he lay face downward"; "the downward pull of gravity" [syn: downward(ip)]
2 extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; "the down staircase"; "the downward course of the stream" [syn: down(a), downward(a)] 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, downwards, downwardly] [ant: up, up, up, up]

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(or downwards)
  1. toward a lower level, either in space or in a hierarchy or an amount
    His position in society moved ever downward.



  1. moving or sloping down
    He spoke with a downward glance.


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