Definition for DOWN

DOWN, n.2 [Sw. dun; D. duin, a sandy hill; G. düne; Fr. dune, plur. dunes; Arm. dunenn, or tunenn. In French, dunette is the highest part of the poop of a ship, and as this appears to be a diminutive of dune, it proves that the primary sense is a hill or elevation.]

  1. A bank or elevation of sand, thrown up by the sea. – Encyc.
  2. A large open plain, primarily on elevated land. Sheep feeding on the downs. – Milton.

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