Downward Down"ward, Downwards Down"wards, adv. [AS. ad?nweard. See {Down}, adv., and {-ward}.] 1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course; as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or downwards. ``Looking downwards.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Their heads they downward bent. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

2. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or ruin. [1913 Webster]

And downward fell into a groveling swine. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from one to another in a descending line. [1913 Webster]

A ring the county wears, That downward hath descended in his house, From son to son, some four or five descents. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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