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Adverb: down  dawn
  1. Spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
    "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and skied down";
    - downwards, downward, downwardly
  2. 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"
  3. Paid in cash at time of purchase
    "put ten dollars down on the necklace"
  4. From an earlier time
    "the story was passed down from father to son"
  5. To a lower intensity
    "he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black"
  6. In an inactive or inoperative state
    "the factory went down during the strike"; "the computer went down again"
Adjective: down  dawn
  1. 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"
  2. Extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
    "the down staircase";
    - downward
  3. Becoming progressively lower
    "the down trend in the real estate market"
  4. (baseball) being put out in a game of baseball
    "two down in the bottom of the ninth"
  5. Understood perfectly
    "had his algebra problems down";
    - down pat, mastered
  6. Lower than previously
    "prices are down";
    - depressed
  7. Shut
    "the shades were down"
  8. Not functioning (temporarily or permanently)
    "we can't work because the computer is down"
  9. Filled with melancholy and despondency
    - gloomy, grim, blue [informal], depressed, dispirited, downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, low, low-spirited
Verb: down  dawn
Usage: informal
  1. Drink down entirely
    "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "They belted down a few beers after work"; "They poured down a few beers after work"; "They drank down a few beers after work"; "They bolted down a few beers after work";
    - toss off [informal], pop [informal], bolt down [informal], belt down [informal], pour down, drink down, kill [informal]
  2. Eat up completely, as with great appetite
    "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal";
    - devour, demolish, consume, go through
  3. (sport) bring down or defeat (an opponent)
  4. Shoot at and force to come down
    "the enemy downed several of our aircraft";
    - shoot down, land
  5. 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"; "The policeman cut down the heavily armed suspect";
    - knock down, cut down, push down, pull down
  6. Improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
    - polish, refine, fine-tune
Noun: down  dawn
  1. Soft fine feathers
    - down feather
  2. (American football) a complete play to advance the football
    "you have four downs to gain ten yards"
  3. (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
  4. Fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
    - pile
Noun: Down  dawn
  1. English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)
    - John Langdon Down, John L. H. Down

Derived forms: downed, downing, Downs, downs

See also: behind, dejected, descending, downbound, downcast, downfield, downward, fallen, falling, inoperative, low, lowered, out, perfect, set, thrown, weak

Type of: ameliorate, amend, better, defeat, doc [informal], doctor, Dr., drink, eat up, finish, get the better of, hair, highland, imbibe, improve, MD, medico [informal], meliorate, mend, overcome, physician, play, plume, polish off [informal], strike, turn, upland

Antonym: up

Encyclopedia: Down, Out & Dangerous