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dour
  • s  stubbornly unyielding
    dour determination
  • s  harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    a dour, self-sacrificing life
  • s  showing a brooding ill humor
    the proverbially dour New England Puritan
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dowdy
  • n  British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
  • n  deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
  • s  lacking in smartness or taste
    a dowdy grey outfit
    a clean and sunny but completely dowdy room
  • s  primly out of date
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dowered
  • v  furnish with an endowment
    When she got married, she got dowered
  • s  supplied with a dower or dowry
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down
  • n  soft fine feathers
  • n  (American football) a complete play to advance the football
    you have four downs to gain ten yards
  • n  English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)
  • n  (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
  • n  fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
  • v  drink down entirely
    He downed three martinis before dinner
  • v  eat immoderately
    Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal
  • v  bring down or defeat (an opponent)
  • v  shoot at and force to come down
  • v  cause to come or go down
    The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect
    The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet
  • v  improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
  • a  being or moving lower in position or less in some value
    lay face down
    the moon is down
    our team is down by a run
    down by a pawn
    the stock market is down today
  • s  extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
    the down staircase
    the downward course of the stream
  • s  becoming progressively lower
    the down trend in the real estate market
  • s  being put out by a strikeout
    two down in the bottom of the ninth
  • s  understood perfectly
    had his algebra problems down
  • s  lower than previously
    prices are down
  • s  shut
    the shades were down
  • s  not functioning (temporarily or permanently)
    we can't work because the computer is down
  • s  filled with melancholy and despondency
    downcast after his defeat
    feeling discouraged and downhearted
  • r  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
  • r  away from a more central or a more northerly place
    was sent down to work at the regional office
    worked down on the farm
    came down for the wedding
    flew down to Florida
  • r  paid in cash at time of purchase
    put ten dollars down on the necklace
  • r  from an earlier time
    the story was passed down from father to son
  • r  to a lower intensity
    he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black
  • r  in an inactive or inoperative state
    the factory went down during the strike
    the computer went down again
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down-and-out
  • n  a person who is destitute
    he tried to help the down-and-out
  • s  lacking resources (or any prospect of resources)
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down-to-earth
  • s  sensible and practical
    has a straightforward down-to-earth approach to a problem
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downbound
  • s  heading in any direction that is conventionally down
    a downbound channel
    the downbound train
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downcast
  • n  a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine
  • s  directed downward
    a downcast glance
  • s  filled with melancholy and despondency
    downcast after his defeat
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downfield
  • s  toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field
    he threw to a downfield receiver
  • r  toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field
    he caught the ball and ran downfield 15 yards
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downhearted
  • s  filled with melancholy and despondency
    feeling discouraged and downhearted
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downhill
  • n  the downward slope of a hill
  • n  a ski race down a trail
  • s  sloping down rather steeply
  • r  toward a lower or inferior state
    your performance has been going downhill for a long time now
  • r  toward the bottom of a hill
    running downhill, he gained a lot of speed
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downright
  • s  characterized by plain blunt honesty
    a downright answer
    a downright kind of person
  • s  complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    a downright lie
  • r  thoroughgoing
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downscale
  • s  intended for people with low incomes
    mass-produced downscale versions of high-priced fashions
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downstage
  • n  the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)
  • a  of the front half of a stage
  • r  at or toward the front of the stage
    the actors moved further and further downstage
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