downward [doun-werd] ExamplesWord Origin adverb
- Also down·wards. from a higher to a lower place or condition.
- down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens.
- from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
- moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
- descending from a source or beginning.
Origin of downward 1150–1200; Middle English dounward, aphetic variant of adounward, Old English adūnweard. See, Related formsdown·ward·ly, adverbdown·ward·ness, noun Examples from the Web for downwardly Contemporary Examples of downwardly
There’s nothing more of-the-moment than young white people who are downwardly mobile and loving it.
September 22, 2013
Historical Examples of downwardly
The upper plate of the column has downwardly projecting partitions b which with the partitions a form a series of traps.
F. B. Wright
Thorax subspherical, in the upper half with three conical, downwardly diverging wings, about as long as its radius.
Thorax campanulate, in the upper half with three short, downwardly diverging, conical wings.
The downwardly directed head is covered by the pronotum, and the three terminal antennal segments form a distinct club.
British Dictionary definitions for downwardly downward adjective
- descending from a higher to a lower level, condition, position, etc
- descending from a beginning
- a variant of
Derived Formsdownwardly, adverbdownwardness, noun Word Origin and History for downwardly downward adv.
c.1200, from(adv.) + . Old English had aduneweard in this sense. Downwards, with adverbial genitive, had a parallel in Old English ofduneweardes.