Down

Down
Down Down, n. [OE. dun, doun, AS. d[=u]n; of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. d[=u]n hill, fortified hill, Gael. dun heap, hillock, hill, W. din a fortified hill or mount; akin to E. town. See {Town}, and cf. {Down}, adv. & prep., {Dune}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Hills afford prospects, as they must needs acknowledge who have been on the downs of Sussex. --Ray. [1913 Webster]

She went by dale, and she went by down. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Seven thousand broad-tailed sheep grazed on his downs. --Sandys. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war. [1913 Webster]

On the 11th [June, 1771] we run up the channel . . . at noon we were abreast of Dover, and about three came to an anchor in the Downs, and went ashore at Deal. --Cook (First Voyage). [1913 Webster]

4. pl. [From the adverb.] A state of depression; low state; abasement. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

It the downs of life too much outnumber the ups. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Down on — Down Down, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne, prop., from or off the hill. See 3d {Down}, and cf. {Adown}, and cf. {Adown}.] 1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Down in It — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Down in It» Sencillo de Nine Inch Nails del álbum Pretty Hate Machine Publicación 15 de septiembre de 1989 Formato CD, 12 …   Wikipedia Español

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  • down — Ⅰ. down [1] ► ADVERB 1) towards or in a lower place or position. 2) to or at a lower level or value. 3) so as to lie flush or flat. 4) in or into a weaker or worse position, mood, or condition. 5) to a smaller amount or size, or a simpler or more …   English terms dictionary

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