Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In, to, or toward a lower place, level, or position: floating downward.
  • adv. Toward a lower position in a hierarchy or on a socioeconomic scale: slid downward into poverty.
  • adv. Toward the feet or lower parts: clothed from the waist downward.
  • adv. Toward a lower amount, degree, or rank: stocks plummeted downward.
  • adv. From a prior source or earlier time: passed downward through the ages.
  • adj. Directed toward a lower place or position: downward movement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. toward a lower level, either in space or in a hierarchy or an amount
  • adj. moving or sloping down

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower level; declivous.
  • adj. Descending from a head, origin, or source.
  • adj. Tending to a lower condition or state; depressed; dejected.
  • adv. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course.
  • adv. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or ruin.
  • adv. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from one to another in a descending line.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • From a higher to a lower place, condition, or state.
  • In a course or direction from a head, origin, source, or remoter point in space or in time: as, water flows downward toward the sea; to trace successive generations downward from the earliest records.
  • In the lower parts; as regards the lower parts or extremities.
  • Moving or tending from a higher to a lower place, condition, or state; taking a descending direction, literally or figuratively: as, the downward course of a mountain path, or of a drunkard.
  • Descending from a head, origin, or source: as, the downward course of a river; a downward tracing of records.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
  • adj. on or toward a surface regarded as a base
  • adv. spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position

Etymologies

down +‎ -ward (Wiktionary)

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