down: Meaning and Definition of
- from higher to lower; in descending direction or order; toward, into, or in a lower position: to come down the ladder.
- on or to the ground, floor, or bottom: He fell down.
- to or in a sitting or lying position.
- to or in a position, area, or district considered lower, esp. from a geographical or cartographic standpoint, as to the south, a business district, etc.: We drove from San Francisco down to Los Angeles.
- to or at a lower value or rate.
- to a lesser pitch or volume: Turn down the radio.
- in or to a calmer, less active, or less prominent state: The wind died down.
- from an earlier to a later time: from the 17th century down to the present.
- from a greater to a lesser strength, amount, etc.: to water down liquor.
- in an attitude of earnest application: to get down to work.
- on paper or in a book: Write down the address.
- in cash at the time of purchase; at once: We paid $50 down and $20 a month.
- to the point of defeat, submission, inactivity, etc.: They shouted down the opposition.
- in or into a fixed or supine position: They tied down the struggling animal.
- to the source or actual position: The dogs tracked down the bear.
- into a condition of ill health: He's come down with a cold.
- in or into a lower status or condition: kept down by lack of education.
- toward the lee side, so as to turn a vessel to windward: Put the helm down!
- on toast (as used in ordering a sandwich at a lunch counter or restaurant): Give me a tuna down.
- Down with tyranny!
- away with! cease!:Down with tyranny!
- on or toward the ground or into a lower position:Down with your rifles!
- in a descending or more remote direction or place on, over, or along: They ran off down the street.
- downward; going or directed downward: the down escalator.
- being at a low position or on the ground, floor, or bottom.
- toward the south, a business district, etc.
- associated with or serving traffic, transportation, or the like, directed toward the south, a business district, etc.: the down platform.
- downcast; depressed; dejected: You seem very down today.
- ailing, esp., sick and bedridden: He's been down with a bad cold.
- being the portion of the full price, as of an article bought on the installment plan, that is paid at the time of purchase or delivery: a payment of $200 down.
- (of the ball) not in play.
- behind an opponent or opponents in points, games, etc.: The team won the pennant despite having been down three games in the final week of play.
- losing or having lost the amount indicated, esp. at gambling: After an hour at poker, he was down $10.
- having placed one's bet: Are you down for the fourth race?
- finished, done, considered, or taken care of: five down and one to go.
- out of order: The computer has been down all day.
- mastered or learned perfectly: Another hour of studying and I'll have the math lesson down cold.
- discouraged; depressed; sad.
- hostile or averse to: Why are you so down on sports?
- a downward movement; descent.
- a turn for the worse; reverse: The business cycle experienced a sudden down.
- one of a series of four plays during which a team must advance the ball at least 10 yd. (9 m) to keep possession of it.
- the declaring of the ball as down or out of play, or the play immediately preceding this.
- an order of toast at a lunch counter or restaurant.
- downer (defs. 1a, b).
- to put, knock, or throw down; subdue: He downed his opponent in the third round.
- to drink down, esp. quickly or in one gulp: to down a tankard of ale.
- to defeat in a game or contest: The Mets downed the Dodgers in today's game.
- to cause to fall from a height, esp. by shooting: Antiaircraft guns downed ten bombers.
- to go down; fall.
- (used as a command to a dog to stop attacking, to stop jumping on someone, to get off a couch or chair, etc.): Down, Rover!
- (used as a command or warning to duck, take cover, or the like): Down! They're starting to shoot!
- the soft, first plumage of many young birds.
- the soft under plumage of birds as distinct from the contour feathers.
- the under plumage of some birds, as geese and ducks, used for filling in quilts, clothing, etc., chiefly for warmth.
- a growth of soft, fine hair or the like.
- a fine, soft pubescence on plants and some fruits.
- the light, feathery pappus or coma on seeds by which they are borne on the wind, as on the dandelion and thistle.
- filled with down: a down jacket.
- Often,(used esp. in southern England) open, rolling, upland country with fairly smooth slopes usually covered with grass.
- (cap.) any sheep of several breeds, raised originally in the downs of southern England, as the Southdown, Suffolk, etc.
- a hill, esp. a sand hill or dune.
- a county in SW Northern Ireland. 311,876; 952 sq. mi. (2466 sq. km). Co. seat: Downpatrick.
- an administrative district in this county. 49,500; 253 sq. mi. (654 sq. km).
- down (Thesaurus)
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