downwards downwards  /ˈdaʊn wərdz/


  • (adv) spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position



  1. We follow the strata downwards, from modern Alexandria to the Ottoman period, the Mamluks, the Fatimids, Byzantines, Romans and finally the Greeks.
  2. As the German economy spirals downwards, some commentators see parallels to the dying days of the Weimar Republic and the conditions that enabled Hitler's rise.
  3. But the cycle of violence spirals downwards, as increasingly savage terror bring new crackdowns from the authorities and further dim the prospects for a political solution.


  1. China's May Numbers Disappoint, No Remedies In Sight

    Analysts are busy revising their China 2013 growth estimates downwards after Beijing, ahead of a three-day holiday, released May numbers this weekend. Trade figures, announced yesterday, shocked analysts. Exports increased only 1.0% year-on-year, against consensus estimates of 7.4% growth. Everyone expected the May number to be lower than April’s 14.7% figure, which had been obviously inflated ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.08.13): Flap Deflection Angle

    The angle between the deflected flap and the chord line. The angle is positive for a downwards deflection of the flap. Deflect the flap downwards to increase the airfoil’s lift.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Aero-News Network

  3. Stocks fall as May jobs report shows US added 175,000 jobs

    World stock markets spiral downwards as the release of the important May jobs report curbs investor confidence.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: GlobalPost


  1. "I think there are loose groups, maybe getting financial assistance from some linkages with abroad. But if we think there's a command structure of al-Qaida flowing from the top downwards, with logistics, financial support coming through an organized...
    on Nov 13, 2007 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: FOXNews

  2. "When you leave Liverpool, a lot of players go downwards," Bruce said. "Emile has done the opposite. He doesn't owe this club a penny. Whatever the figure was that Wigan paid for him [£5.5million], he has paid it back two or three times over...
    on Oct 17, 2008 By: Steve Bruce Source: Times Online

  3. Moyes said: "We can start looking upwards a bit more than downwards. This was always going to be a tricky month and we have started it pretty well. It was a great result and you don't beat the big teams that often so we are delighted. I have said...
    on Feb 20, 2010 By: David Moyes Source: ESPN

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