down


down
I.
/daʊn / (say down)

adverb
1. from higher to lower; in descending direction or order; into or in a lower position or condition.
2. on or to the ground.
3. to a point of submission, inactivity, etc.
4. to or in a position spoken of as lower, as the south, the country, a business district, etc.
5. in or into a city, having come from a country area: he was relieved the wool had gone down.
6. to or at a low point, degree, rate, pitch, volume, etc.
7. from an earlier to a later time.
8. from a greater to a lesser bulk, degree of consistency, strength, etc.: to boil down syrup.
9. in due position or state: to settle down to work.
10. on paper or in a book: to write down.
11. in cash; at once: to pay $40 down.
12. Boxing touching the ring floor with some part of the body other than the feet.
preposition
13. to, towards, or at a lower place on or in: down the stairs.
14. to, towards, near, or at a lower station, condition, or rank in.
15.
a. away from the source, origin, etc., of: down the river.
b. down at: I've a cottage down the coast.
16. in the same course or direction as: to sail down the wind.
adjective
17. downwards; going or directed downwards.
18. travelling away from a terminus: a down train.
19. confined to bed through illness.
20. fallen or prostrate.
21. not in activity: the wind is down.
22.
a. not operational: the power is down; the factory is down.
b. (of a computerised system) not operational, usually because of a malfunction.
23. being a portion of the full price of an article bought on an instalment plan or mortgage, etc., that is paid at the time of purchase.
24. losing or having lost money at gambling: he was $10 down after a day at the races.
25. losing or behind an opponent by a specified number of points, holes, etc.
26. Colloquial depressed; unhappy.
27. Colloquial in prison: he is down for a few months.
noun
28. a downward movement; a descent.
29. a reverse: the ups and downs of fortune.
verb (t)
30. to put or throw down; subdue.
31. to drink or eat at speed: to down a schooner of beer; to down a meal.
verb (i)
32. to go down; fall.
interjection
33. (a command, especially to a dog, to cease jumping, etc.): down Rover!
34. (a command to take cover, or duck.)
phrase
35. down and out,
a. without friends, money, or prospects.
b. Boxing touching the flat canvas with some part of the body other than the feet and unable to rise again.
36. down at heel, poor; shabby; seedy.
37. down at (or in), at or in any place considered lower, as in altitude, or in being more southerly located: down in the big smoke.
38. down below, Colloquial concerning one's genitalia: I've got problems down below.
39. down in the mouth, discouraged; depressed.
40. down on, over-severe towards; unnecessarily ready to detect faults in and punish harshly.
41. down on one's luck, suffering a period of poverty, destitution, etc.
42. down south,
a. in the south.
b. Colloquial (of money) not spent, but in the bank: put it all down south.
43. down the line, at a later time: to be regretful somewhere down the line.
44. down to,
a. to any place considered lower, as in altitude, or being more southerly in geographical location.
b. attributable to: success down to hard work.
45. down tools, (of workers) to cease to work, as in starting a strike: *Rail workers down tools to discuss industrial action –aap news, 2000.
46. down with …,
a. (an exclamation indicating total resistance, as to a person in power, a law or regulation, a practice, etc.): down with taxes; down with the king!
b. Colloquial agreeing with or accepting of: to be down with the new program.
47. go down, Colloquial (taboo) (sometimes followed by on) to perform oral sex.
48. have a down on, Colloquial to bear a grudge against; be hostile towards: *`It's a pity Ernest has such a down on the blackfellows,' Mrs Maplestead was saying. –randolph stow, 1965. {Phrase Origin: British thieves' slang, from down a suspicion, mistrust}
49. send down, British
a. to expel from university.
b. Colloquial to send to prison: he was sent down for three years.
{Middle English doune, late Old English dūne, aphetic variant of adūne, earlier of dūne from (the) hill. See down3}
II.
/daʊn / (say down)

noun
1. the first feathering of young birds.
2. the soft under-plumage of birds as distinct from the contour feathers.
3. a soft hairy growth, as the hair on the human face when first beginning to appear.
4. Botany
a. a fine soft pubescence upon plants and some fruits.
b. the light feather pappus or coma upon seeds by which they are borne upon the wind, as in the dandelion and thistle.
{Middle English downe, from Old Norse dūnn}
III.
/daʊn / (say down)

noun
1. (usually plural) open, rolling, upland country with fairly smooth slopes usually covered with grass.
2. (usually plural)}} (upper case) (a common element in the names of Australian outback grazing properties, usually with sloping land): Kimberley Downs; <
3. (upper case) one of any breed of sheep belonging to the short wool group: the Dorset Down.
4. Obsolete a hill; a sand hill or dune.
{Middle English; Old English dūn hill. Compare dune}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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