Down"ward (?), Down"wards (?), adv. [AS. adnweard. See Down, adv., and -ward.]


From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course; as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or downwards.

"Looking downwards."


Their heads they downward bent. Drayton.


From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or ruin.

And downward fell into a groveling swine. Milton.


From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from one to another in a descending line.

A ring the county wears, That downward hath descended in his house, From son to son, some four or five descents. Shak.


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