(noun.) (American football) a complete play to advance the football; 'you have four downs to gain ten yards'.
(noun.) soft fine feathers.
(noun.) fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs).
(noun.) (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil.
(noun.) English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896).
(verb.) bring down or defeat (an opponent).
(verb.) 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'.
(verb.) shoot at and force to come down; 'the enemy landed several of our aircraft'.
(adj.) not functioning (temporarily or permanently); 'we can't work because the computer is down' .
(adj.) shut; 'the shades were down' .
(adj.) understood perfectly; 'had his algebra problems down' .
(adj.) 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' .
(adj.) being put out by a strikeout; 'two down in the bottom of the ninth' .
(adj.) extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; 'the down staircase'; 'the downward course of the stream' .
(adj.) becoming progressively lower; 'the down trend in the real estate market' .
(adv.) 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'.
(adv.) 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'.
(adv.) paid in cash at time of purchase; 'put ten dollars down on the necklace'.
(adv.) in an inactive or inoperative state; 'the factory went down during the strike'; 'the computer went down again'.
(adv.) to a lower intensity; 'he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black'.
(adv.) from an earlier time; 'the story was passed down from father to son'.
(n.) Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool
(n.) The soft under feathers of birds. They have short stems with soft rachis and bards and long threadlike barbules, without hooklets.
(n.) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the thistle.
(n.) The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.
(n.) That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down
(v. t.) To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down.
(prep.) A bank or rounded hillock of sand thrown up by the wind along or near the shore; a flattish-topped hill; -- usually in the plural.
(prep.) A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep; -- usually in the plural.
(prep.) A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war.
(prep.) A state of depression; low state; abasement.
(adv.) In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below; -- the opposite of up.
(adv.) From a higher to a lower position, literally or figuratively; in a descending direction; from the top of an ascent; from an upright position; to the ground or floor; to or into a lower or an inferior condition; as, into a state of humility, disgrace, misery, and the like; into a state of rest; -- used with verbs indicating motion.
(adv.) In a low or the lowest position, literally or figuratively; at the bottom of a decent; below the horizon; of the ground; in a condition of humility, dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet.
(adv.) From a remoter or higher antiquity.
(adv.) From a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a thicker consistence; as, to boil down in cookery, or in making decoctions.
(adv.) In a descending direction along; from a higher to a lower place upon or within; at a lower place in or on; as, down a hill; down a well.
(adv.) Hence: Towards the mouth of a river; towards the sea; as, to sail or swim down a stream; to sail down the sound.
(v. t.) To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down.
(v. i.) To go down; to descend.
(a.) Downcast; as, a down look.
(a.) Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial.
(a.) Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway.
prep. . From the top to the bottom of.. Along the course of.
ad. . Downward, in a descending course, from a high to a low position.. On the ground, the floor, &c.. From a thin to a dense state, into a denser consistence.
adv. from a higher to a lower position: on the ground: from earlier to later times: from thick to thin from large to small (to boil down to cut down): from more to less (to beat down a price).—prep. along a descent: from a higher to a lower position or state.—v.t. to knock down: to dispirit—also used as a kind of interjection with get go come kneel &c. understood.—n. a tendency to be down upon a grudge against: a descent reverse of fortune.—v.i. Down′-bear to bear or press down.—adj. Down′cast dejected.—ns. Down′come a fall ruin a heavy pour of rain; Down′-draught a current of air downwards; Down′-east′er one living 'down east' from the speaker a New Englander and esp. an inhabitant of Maine; Down′fall fall failure humiliation ruin: a falling down as of rain.—adjs. Down′fallen ruined; Down′-gyved (Shak.) hanging down like fetters.—n. Down′-haul a rope by which a jib &c. is hauled down when set.—adjs. Down′-heart′ed dejected; Down′hill descending sloping.—n. Down′-line the line of a railway leading from the capital or other important centre to the provinces.—adj. Down′looked (Dryden) downcast gloomy.—ns. Down′-ly′ing time of retiring to rest: a woman's lying-in; Down′pour a heavy fall of rain &c.—adv. Down′right (obs.) perpendicular: in plain terms: utterly.—adj. plain spoken: brusque: utter (as in downright madness).—ns. Down′rightness; Down′rush a rushing down (as of gas hot air &c.); Down′-set′ting a setting down a snub; Down′-sit′ting sitting down time of rest (Ps. cxxxix. 2).—advs. Down′stairs in or to a lower story; Down′-stream with the current.—ns. Down′-throw act of throwing down state of being thrown down: a sinking of strata below the level of the surrounding beds; Down′-train a railway train proceeding from the chief terminus.—adj. Down′-trodden trampled on tyrannised over.—advs. Down′ward Down′wards from higher to lower: from source to outlet: from more ancient to modern: in the lower part.—adj. Down′ward.—Down east (U.S.) in or into Maine and adjoining parts of New England; Down in the mouth in low spirits; Down on one's luck in ill-luck; Down south in the southern states; Down to the country away into the country from London (hence 'down to the Derby ' 'down to Scotland'); Down with your money lay it down pay it.—A down-train a train away from London.—Lay down the law to expound authoritatively.
n. a bank of sand thrown up by the sea (same as Dune): a treeless land: (pl.) a tract of hilly land used for pasturing sheep as the North Downs (Kent) and South Downs (Sussex)—also given to the famous roadstead off the east coast of Kent inside the Goodwin Sands.
n. the soft hair under the feathers of fowls: the hairy covering of the seeds of certain plants: anything which soothes or invites to repose.—n. Down′-bed.—p.adj. Downed filled or covered with down.—ns. Down′iness; Down′-quilt.—adj. Down′y covered with or made of down: like down: soft: soothing: (slang) knowing.—The downy (slang) bed.
- I believe that he would have come all the way had it not been that Dr. Ferrier, who lives near me, was going down by that very train. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯回忆录.
- Come, come, I'll write you a cheque,' said the little man; and down he sat at the table for that purpose. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 匹克威克外传.
- The grate might have been the old brazier, and the glow might have been the old hollow down by the flare. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- We were then led up to the door, where we were directed to get down on our hands and knees with our backs toward the room we were to enter. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 火星战神.
- But he had shut it down again, if that were so; and it looked as if it had not been raised. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- She usually followed him; but he heard her passing down the passage to her bedroom. 伊迪丝·华顿. 纯真年代.
- But she took such a long walk up and down our rooms that night, while I was writing to Agnes, that I began to think she meant to walk till morning. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of your set-downs. 简·奥斯汀. 傲慢与偏见.
- We arrived in the Downs on the 13th of April, 1702. 乔纳森·斯威夫特. 格列佛游记.
- I don't know how many sail the waiter told us were then lying in the downs. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- William Guppy, replies the other, I am in the downs. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- But the windows are narrow, and it is all ups and downs. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- It was in vain to ask why ups, why downs; there they was, you know. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- The large Indiaman was our great attraction because she had come into the downs in the night. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.