Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tumbling or falling down; a sudden or heavy fall; an overthrow; ruin; destruction.
  • n. In ironmaking, a pipe that leads combustible gases downward from the top of the blast furnace to the hot-blast stoves, boilers, etc., where they are burned.
  • v. To come down; fall down; come or fall apart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sudden fall; downfall; overthrow.
  • n. A pipe for leading combustible gases downward from the top of the blast furnace to the hot-blast stoves, boilers, etc., where they are burned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tumbling or falling down; especially, a sudden or heavy fall; hence, ruin; destruction.

Etymologies

From down- +‎ come. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But little cause have I to speak, for I too am a downcome.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • It's just more bad luck than anything else that you should have gone to the expense of setting up in style in a lord's castle and then having this downcome.

    Count Bunker

  • ` ` Thou maun do without horse-sheet and surcingle now, lad, '' he said, addressing the animal; ` ` you and me hae had a downcome alike. we had better hae fa'en in the deepest pool o 'Tarras.' '

    The Black Dwarf

  • "P.S. – The Carmichaels of Rosscraig are just ruined with feasting and wasting, and their place is to be sold and everything roupit – a sair downcome for their name."

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • If it had only been the arm of flesh we had to encounter, we were noways afraid -- though it was a sad downcome from the solemn awe of coming to grips with the prince of darkness and his emissaries.

    The Dew of Their Youth

  • "Pride _will_ have a downcome," said some, with a gleg look and a smack of the lip, trying to veil their personal malevolence in a common proverb.

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • It was a downcome, though, for a man who had been proud of driving behind his own horseflesh to pack in among a crowd of the Barbie sprats.

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • Again, that success would be a salve to Gourlay's wounded pride; the Gourlays would show Barbie they could flourish yet, in spite of their present downcome.

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • What a downcome from his dignity to be the patron of a golf course or the chaplain of a curling club, instead of enjoying the fame and name of the holy well.

    Chronicles of Strathearn

  • John felt the humiliation of this downcome in a far keener way than David did.

    Scottish sketches

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