Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- From a higher to a lower part; downward; down; to or on the ground.
- From a higher to a lower situation; down: implying descent.
- From top to bottom of; along the length of; downward; all along.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Archaic From a higher to a lower situation; downward; down, to or on the ground.
- prep. Archaic & Poetic Down.
- Old English adūn, earlier of dūne ("off the hill") (compare Latin ad vallum > Old French à val, used in the same way). (Wiktionary)
“Let's hope he slows adown and gives his readers more of his best.”
“The adverb describing a descent from the hill, "off the down", ofdūne, turned into adown and eventually became our adverb down.”
“The wheels go round without a sound -- The maidens hold high revel; In sinful mood, insanely gay, True spinsters spin adown the way From duty to the devil!”
“For now that I have at last released me from my quarrel with your father, I let the tear-drops stream adown my tender cheek.”
““An erne methought came in,” she says, “and swept adown the hall, and drenched me and all of us with blood, and ill shall that betoken, for methought it was the double of King Atli.””
“Dear friend, my tears aye flow these cheeks adown, iii.”
“The tears were running adown his cheeks, out of fear for his life and grief for his separation from Zau al-Makan; and he was saying to himself,”
“And tear-floods course adown the cheeks they only scald;”
“Some few drifted far adown the stream, as did befit their weariness.”
“Birdalone hung her head adown, and blushed, but smiled a little, and swayed her body gently, as a willow-bough is swayed when a light air arises in the morning.”
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