a turn for the worse; reverse:It was another down for the company already in debt.
Sport[Football.]one of a series of four plays during which a team must advance the ball at least 10 yd. (9 m) to keep possession of it:[countable]On that last series of downs the team moved the ball well.
v.[~ + object]
to knock, throw, or bring down:He downed his opponent with a quick right to the jaw.
to drink down, esp. quickly:I downed the vodka in one gulp.
Informal Termsto defeat in a game or contest:The Rangers downed the Flyers 2-0 last night.
(used as a command or warning) get down:Down in front, please (= Please sit down in front, so people behind you can see).
Idiomsdown cold or pat, learned perfectly:He always has his facts down cold before he argues with anyone.
Idiomsdown in the mouth, discouraged; sad; depressed:He looks down in the mouth today.
down on,[~ + object] hostile to:Most of the party's regular members are down on his candidacy.
Idiomsdown with,[~ + object] (used in a command or a wish, without a subject) to remove from power or do away with:Down with the king!
from higher to lower; in descending direction or order; toward, into, or in a lower position:to come down the ladder.
on or to the ground, floor, or bottom:He fell down.
to or in a sitting or lying position.
to or in a position, area, or district considered lower, esp. from a geographical or cartographic standpoint, as to the south, a business district, etc.:We drove from San Francisco down to Los Angeles.
to or at a lower value or rate.
to a lesser pitch or volume:Turn down the radio.
in or to a calmer, less active, or less prominent state:The wind died down.
from an earlier to a later time:from the 17th century down to the present.
from a greater to a lesser strength, amount, etc.:to water down liquor.
in an attitude of earnest application:to get down to work.
on paper or in a book:Write down the address.
in cash at the time of purchase; at once:We paid $50 down and $20 a month.
to the point of defeat, submission, inactivity, etc.:They shouted down the opposition.
in or into a fixed or supine position:They tied down the struggling animal.
to the source or actual position:The dogs tracked down the bear.
into a condition of ill health:He's come down with a cold.
in or into a lower status or condition:kept down by lack of education.
Nautical, Naval Termstoward the lee side, so as to turn a vessel to windward:Put the helm down!
Slang Termson toast (as used in ordering a sandwich at a lunch counter or restaurant):Give me a tuna down.
away with! cease!:Down with tyranny!
on or toward the ground or into a lower position:Down with your rifles!
in a descending or more remote direction or place on, over, or along:They ran off down the street.
downward; going or directed downward:the down escalator.
being at a low position or on the ground, floor, or bottom.
toward the south, a business district, etc.
associated with or serving traffic, transportation, or the like, directed toward the south, a business district, etc.:the down platform.
downcast; depressed; dejected:You seem very down today.
ailing, esp., sick and bedridden:He's been down with a bad cold.
being the portion of the full price, as of an article bought on the installment plan, that is paid at the time of purchase or delivery:a payment of $200 down.
Sport[Football.](of the ball) not in play.
Sportbehind an opponent or opponents in points, games, etc.:The team won the pennant despite having been down three games in the final week of play.
losing or having lost the amount indicated, esp. at gambling:After an hour at poker, he was down $10.
Sporthaving placed one's bet:Are you down for the fourth race?
finished, done, considered, or taken care of:five down and one to go.
out of order:The computer has been down all day.
Idiomsdown and out, down-and-out.
Idiomsdown cold or pat, mastered or learned perfectly:Another hour of studying and I'll have the math lesson down cold.
Idiomsdown in the mouth, discouraged; depressed; sad.
down on,[Informal.]hostile or averse to:Why are you so down on sports?
a downward movement; descent.
a turn for the worse; reverse:The business cycle experienced a sudden down.
one of a series of four plays during which a team must advance the ball at least 10 yd. (9 m) to keep possession of it.
the declaring of the ball as down or out of play, or the play immediately preceding this.
Slang Termsan order of toast at a lunch counter or restaurant.
Slang Termsdowner (defs. 1a, b).
to put, knock, or throw down; subdue:He downed his opponent in the third round.
to drink down, esp. quickly or in one gulp:to down a tankard of ale.
Informal Termsto defeat in a game or contest:The Mets downed the Dodgers in today's game.
to cause to fall from a height, esp. by shooting:Antiaircraft guns downed ten bombers.
to go down; fall.
(used as a command to a dog to stop attacking, to stop jumping on someone, to get off a couch or chair, etc.):Down, Rover!
(used as a command or warning to duck, take cover, or the like):Down! They're starting to shoot!
bef. 1100; Middle English doune, Old English dūne, aphetic variant of adūne for of dūne off (the) hill; see a-2, down3
Birdsthe soft, first plumage of many young birds.
Birdsthe soft under plumage of birds as distinct from the contour feathers.
Clothingthe under plumage of some birds, as geese and ducks, used for filling in quilts, clothing, etc., chiefly for warmth.
a growth of soft, fine hair or the like.
Botanya fine, soft pubescence on plants and some fruits.
Botanythe light, feathery pappus or coma on seeds by which they are borne on the wind, as on the dandelion and thistle.
Clothingfilled with down:a down jacket.
Old Norse dūnn
Middle English downe 1325–75
British TermsOften, downs. (used esp. in southern England) open, rolling, upland country with fairly smooth slopes usually covered with grass.
Animal Husbandry(cap.) any sheep of several breeds, raised originally in the downs of southern England, as the Southdown, Suffolk, etc.
[Archaic.]a hill, esp. a sand hill or dune.
bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English dūn hill; cognate with Dutch duindune; not related to Irish, Old Irish dún (see town)
Place Namesa county in SW Northern Ireland. 311,876; 952 sq. mi. (2466 sq. km). Co. seat: Downpatrick.
Place Namesan administrative district in this county. 49,500; 253 sq. mi. (654 sq. km).
Etymology: Old English dūn; related to Old Frisian dūne, Old Saxon dūna hill, Old Irish dūn fortress, Greek this sandbank; see dune, town
a district of SE Northern Ireland, in Co Down. Pop: 65 195 (2003 est). Area: 649 sq km (250 sq miles)
a historical county of SE Northern Ireland, on the Irish Sea: generally hilly, rising to the Mountains of Mourne: in 1973 it was replaced for administrative purposes by the districts of Ards, Banbridge, Castlereagh, Down, Newry and Mourne, North Down, and part of Lisburn. Area: 2466 sq km (952 sq miles)