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Definition 1: (American football) a complete play to advance the football - [noun denoting act]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you have four downs to gain ten yards

(down is a kind of ...) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

"it is my turn" "it is still my play"

(down belongs to category ...) a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

Definition 2: soft fine feathers - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is a kind of ...) the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

(... is a kind of down ) down of the duck

(... is a kind of down ) down of the goose

(... is a kind of down ) down of the swan

(... is a kind of down ) down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds

Definition 3: 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 denoting body]

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is a kind of ...) a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss

"he combed his hair" "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"

(... is a kind of down ) the fine downy hair covering a human fetus; normally shed during the ninth month of gestation

Definition 4: (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil - [noun denoting object]

(down is a kind of ...) elevated (e.g., mountainous) land

(down is used in the usage domain ...) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

Definition 5: English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is an instance of ...) a licensed medical practitioner

"I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"

Definition 6: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing - [verb of change]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refine one's style of writing

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is a kind of ...) to make better

"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

(... is a kind of down ) refine too much or with excess of subtlety

"He is overrefining this matter"

(... is a kind of down ) teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

"Cultivate your musical taste" "Train your tastebuds" "She is well schooled in poetry"

Definition 7: bring down or defeat (an opponent) - [verb of competition]

(down is a kind of ...) win a victory over

"You must overcome all difficulties" "defeat your enemies" "He overcame his shyness" "He overcame his infirmity" "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

(down belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 8: drink down entirely - [verb of consumption]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He downed three martinis before dinner
  • She killed a bottle of brandy that night
  • They popped a few beer after work

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is a kind of ...) take in liquids

"The patient must drink several liters each day" "The children like to drink soda"

Definition 9: eat up completely, as with great appetite - [verb of consumption]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal
  • The teenagers demolished four pizzas among them

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is a kind of ...) finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

"She polished off the remaining potatoes"

Definition 10: cause to come or go down - [verb of contact]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect
  • The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

(... is a kind of down ) bring down with a blow to the legs

Definition 11: shoot at and force to come down - [verb of motion]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the enemy landed several of our aircraft

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

Definition 12: being or moving lower in position or less in some value - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lay face down
  • the moon is down
  • our team is down by a run
  • down by a pawn
  • the stock market is down today

(down is similar to ...) tending downward in price

"a weak market for oil stocks"

(down is similar to ...) caused to fall to the ground

"the thrown rider got back on his horse" "a thrown wrestler" "a ball player thrown for a loss"

(down is similar to ...) being below the horizon

"the moon is set"

(down is similar to ...) having dropped by the force of gravity

"fallen leaves covered the forest floor" "sat on a fallen tree trunk"

(down is similar to ...) on or toward a surface regarded as a base

"he lay face downward" "the downward pull of gravity"

(down is similar to ...) toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field

"he threw to a downfield receiver"

(down is similar to ...) directed downward

"a downcast glance"

(down is similar to ...) heading in any direction that is conventionally down

"a downbound channel" "the downbound train"

(down is similar to ...) having the lower score or lagging position in a contest

"behind by two points" "the 8th inning found the home team trailing"

(means also ...) coming down or downward

(means also ...) literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension

"low ceilings" "low clouds" "low hills" "the sun is low" "low furniture" "a low bow"

Definition 13: spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • don't fall down
  • rode the lift up and skied down
  • prices plunged downward

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

Definition 14: away from a more central or a more northerly place - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was sent down to work at the regional office
  • worked down on the farm
  • came down for the wedding
  • flew down to Florida

Definition 15: paid in cash at time of purchase - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • put ten dollars down on the necklace

Definition 16: in an inactive or inoperative state - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the factory went down during the strike
  • the computer went down again

Definition 17: to a lower intensity - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black

Definition 18: from an earlier time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the story was passed down from father to son

Definition 19: filled with melancholy and despondency - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • gloomy at the thought of what he had to face
  • gloomy predictions
  • a gloomy silence
  • took a grim view of the economy
  • the darkening mood
  • lonely and blue in a strange city
  • depressed by the loss of his job
  • a dispirited and resigned expression on her face
  • downcast after his defeat
  • feeling discouraged and downhearted

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is similar to ...) affected or marked by low spirits

"is dejected but trying to look cheerful"

Definition 20: extending or moving from a higher to a lower place - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the down staircase
  • the downward course of the stream

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is similar to ...) coming down or downward

Definition 21: becoming progressively lower - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the down trend in the real estate market

(down is similar to ...) becoming lower or less in degree or value

"a falling market" "falling incomes"

Definition 22: not functioning (temporarily or permanently) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we can't work because the computer is down

(down is similar to ...) not working or taking effect

"an inoperative law"

Definition 23: lower than previously - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the market is depressed
  • prices are down

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is similar to ...) less than normal in degree or intensity or amount

"low prices" "the reservoir is low"

Definition 24: shut - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the shades were down

(down is similar to ...) below the surround or below the normal position

"with lowered eyes"

Definition 25: being put out by a strikeout - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • two down in the bottom of the ninth

(down is similar to ...) not allowed to continue to bat or run

"he was tagged out at second on a close play" "he fanned out"

Definition 26: understood perfectly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had his algebra problems down

Synonyms for down in the sense of this definition

(down is similar to ...) being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish

"a perfect circle" "a perfect reproduction" "perfect happiness" "perfect manners" "a perfect specimen" "a perfect day"

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