I. adverb Etymology: Middle English doun, from Old English dūne, short for adūne, of dūne, from a- (from of), of off, from + dūne, dative of dūn hill Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) toward or in a lower physical position (2) to a lying or sitting position (3) toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom b. as a down payment <
paid $10 down
c. on paper <
put down what he says
2. in a direction that is the opposite of up: as a. southward b. to or toward a point away from the speaker or the speaker's point of reference c. in or into the stomach <
can't keep food down
3. to a lesser degree, level, or rate <
cool down tensions
4. to or toward a lower position in a series 5. a. to or in a lower or worse condition or status b. — used to indicate thoroughness or completion <
dusted down the house
described him down to his haircut
6. from a past time <
stories passed down by word of mouth
7. to or in a state of less activity or prominence 8. to a concentrated state <
got the report down to three pages
9. into defeat <
voted the motion down
II. preposition Date: 14th century down along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on <
fell down the stairs
down the years
III. verb Date: 1562 transitive verb 1. to cause to go or come down: as a. bring down 1 <
downed the enemy helicopter
b. consume 3 <
downing slices of pizza
2. to cause (a football) to be out of play 3. defeat <
down a proposal
intransitive verb to go down IV. adjective Date: circa 1565 1. a. (1) occupying a low position; specifically lying on the ground <
down timber
(2) directed or going downward <
attendance is down
b. lower in price c. not being in play in football because of wholly stopped progress or because the officials stop the play <
the ball was down
d. defeated or trailing an opponent (as in points scored) <
down by two runs
e. baseball out <
two down in the top of the third inning
2. a. reduced or low in activity, frequency, or intensity <
a down economy
b. not operating or able to function <
the computer is down
c. depressed, dejected <
feeling a bit down
; also depressing <
a down movie
d. sick <
down with flu
3. done, finished <
eight down and two to go
4. completely mastered <
had her lines down
— often used with pat <
got the answers down pat
5. a. slang cool 7 b. slang understanding or supportive of something or someone — usually used with with <
trying to prove that they were down with hip-hop culture — J. E. White
6. being on record <
you're down for two tickets
V. noun Date: 1710 1. descent, depression 2. an instance of putting down 3. a. a complete play to advance the ball in football b. one of a series of four attempts in American football or three attempts in Canadian football to advance the ball 10 yards 4. chiefly British dislike, grudge 5. downer 6. a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of - 1/3 and that is one of the constituents of a nucleon VI. noun Etymology: Middle English doun hill, from Old English dūn Date: 14th century 1. an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil — usually used in plural 2. often capitalized a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England VII. noun Etymology: Middle English doun, from Old Norse dūnn Date: 14th century 1. a covering of soft fluffy feathers; also these feathers 2. something soft and fluffy like down

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