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English Dictionary: downwards by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
downwards
adv
  1. spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position; "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and skied down"; "prices plunged downward"
    Synonym(s): down, downwards, downward, downwardly
    Antonym(s): up, upward, upwardly, upwards
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Downward \Down"ward\, Downwards \Down"wards\, adv. [AS.
      ad[?]nweard. See {Down}, adv., and {-ward}.]
      1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course;
            as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or
            downwards. [bd]Looking downwards.[b8] --Pope.
  
                     Their heads they downward bent.         --Drayton.
  
      2. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery,
            humility, disgrace, or ruin.
  
                     And downward fell into a groveling swine. --Milton.
  
      3. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from
            one to another in a descending line.
  
                     A ring the county wears, That downward hath
                     descended in his house, From son to son, some four
                     or five descents.                              --Shak.
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