Meaning of “downwards” in the English Dictionary

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"downwards" in British English

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uk /ˈdaʊn.wədz/ us /ˈdaʊn.wɚdz/ mainly UK US usually downward

C1 towards a lower position:

The road slopes gently downwards for a mile or two.
The water filters downwards through the rock for hundreds of feet.
He was lying face downwards on the pavement.
Casualty figures were revised downwards (= reduced) after the war had ended.

More examples

  • With one wing damaged, the model airplane spiralled downwards.
  • To be a good manager, you must know how to devolve responsibility downwards.
  • The path slopes gently downwards until it meets the lake.
  • You reduce the volume by sliding this lever downwards.
  • The sales figures seem to be slipping steadily downwards, which is rather worrying.

(Definition of “downwards” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)