Definition for DOWN'WARD

DOWN'WARD, adv. [Sax. duneweard. See Ward.]

  1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course, whether directly toward the center of the earth, or not; as, to tend downward; to move or roll downward; to look downward; to take root downward.
  2. In a course or direction from a head, spring, origin or source. Water flows downward toward the sea; we sailed downward on the stream.
  3. In a course of lineal descent from an ancestor, considered as a head; as, to trace successive generations downward from Adam or Abraham.
  4. In the course of falling or descending from elevation or distinction.

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