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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, n. [Akin to LG. dune, dun, Icel. d?nn, Sw. dun,
     Dan. duun, G. daune, cf. D. dons; perh. akin to E. dust.]
     1. Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of
        animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool; esp.:
        (a) (Zool.) The soft under feathers of birds. They have
            short stems with soft rachis and bards and long
            threadlike barbules, without hooklets.
        (b) (Bot.) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or
            envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the
        (c) The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.
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                  And the first down begins to shade his face.
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     2. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which
        affords ease and repose, like a bed of down
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              When in the down I sink my head,
              Sleep, Death's twin brother, times my breath.
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              Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares!
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     Down tree (Bot.), a tree of Central America ({Ochroma
        Lagopus), the seeds of which are enveloped in vegetable
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\ (doun), v. t.
     To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down. [R.] --Young.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Hills afford prospects, as they must needs
              acknowledge who have been on the downs of Sussex.
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              She went by dale, and she went by down. --Tennyson.
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     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.]
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              Seven thousand broad-tailed sheep grazed on his
              downs.                                --Sandys.
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     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.
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              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
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     4. pl. [From the adverb.] A state of depression; low state;
        abasement. [Colloq.]
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              It the downs of life too much outnumber the ups.
                                                    --M. Arnold.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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; below; --
        the opposite of up.
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     2. Hence, in many derived uses, as:
        (a) 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.
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                  It will be rain to-night. Let it come down.
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                  I sit me down beside the hazel grove.
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                  And that drags down his life.     --Tennyson.
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                  There is not a more melancholy object in the
                  learned world than a man who has written himself
                  down.                             --Addison.
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                  The French . . . shone down [i. e., outshone]
                  the English.                      --Shak.
        (b) In a low or the lowest position, literally or
            figuratively; at the bottom of a descent; below the
            horizon; on the ground; in a condition of humility,
            dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet.
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                  I was down and out of breath.     --Shak.
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                  The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.
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                  He that is down needs fear no fall. --Bunyan.
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     3. From a remoter or higher antiquity.
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              Venerable men! you have come down to us from a
              former generation.                    --D. Webster.
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     4. 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. --Arbuthnot.
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     Note: Down is sometimes used elliptically, standing for go
           down, come down, tear down, take down, put down, haul
           down, pay down, and the like, especially in command or
                 Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.
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                 If he be hungry more than wanton, bread alone
                 will down.                         --Locke.
           Down is also used intensively; as, to be loaded down;
           to fall down; to hang down; to drop down; to pay down.
                 The temple of Her[`e] at Argos was burnt down.
           Down, as well as up, is sometimes used in a
           conventional sense; as, down East.
                 Persons in London say down to Scotland, etc., and
                 those in the provinces, up to London.
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     Down helm (Naut.), an order to the helmsman to put the helm
        to leeward.
     Down on or Down upon (joined with a verb indicating
        motion, as go, come, pounce), to attack, implying the idea
        of threatening power.
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              Come down upon us with a mighty power. --Shak.
     Down with, take down, throw down, put down; -- used in
        energetic command, often by people aroused in crowds,
        referring to people, laws, buildings, etc.; as, down with
        the king! "Down with the palace; fire it." --Dryden.
     To be down on, to dislike and treat harshly. [Slang, U.S.]
     To cry down. See under Cry, v. t.
     To cut down. See under Cut, v. t.
     Up and down, with rising and falling motion; to and fro;
        hither and thither; everywhere. "Let them wander up and
        down." --Ps. lix. 15.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Downed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to
     overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down.
     [Archaic or Colloq.] "To down proud hearts." --Sir P. Sidney.
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           I remember how you downed Beauclerk and Hamilton, the
           wits, once at our house.                 --Madame
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, v. i.
     To go down; to descend. --Locke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, a.
     1. Downcast; as, a down look. [R.]
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     2. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial. [Obs.]
        --Beau. & Fl.
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     3. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down
        grade; a down train on a railway.
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     Down draught, a downward draft, as in a flue, chimney,
        shaft of a mine, etc.
     Down in the mouth, Down at the mouth chopfallen;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, prep. [From Down, adv.]
     1. 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.
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     2. Hence: Towards the mouth of a river; towards the sea; as,
        to sail or swim down a stream; to sail down the sound.
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     Down the country, toward the sea, or toward the part where
        rivers discharge their waters into the ocean.
     Down the sound, in the direction of the ebbing tide; toward
        the sea.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: 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" [syn: down,
             downwards, downward, downwardly] [ant: up,
             upward, upwardly, upwards]
      2: 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"
         [ant: up]
      3: paid in cash at time of purchase; "put ten dollars down on
         the necklace"
      4: from an earlier time; "the story was passed down from father
         to son"
      5: to a lower intensity; "he slowly phased down the light until
         the stage was completely black" [ant: up]
      6: in an inactive or inoperative state; "the factory went down
         during the strike"; "the computer went down again"
      adj 1: 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" [ant: up]
      2: extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; "the down
         staircase"; "the downward course of the stream" [syn:
         down(a), downward(a)]
      3: becoming progressively lower; "the down trend in the real
         estate market"
      4: being put out by a strikeout; "two down in the bottom of the
      5: understood perfectly; "had his algebra problems down" [syn:
         down, down pat(p), mastered]
      6: lower than previously; "the market is depressed"; "prices are
         down" [syn: depressed, down(p)]
      7: shut; "the shades were down"
      8: not functioning (temporarily or permanently); "we can't work
         because the computer is down"
      9: filled with melancholy and despondency ; "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" [syn:
         gloomy, grim, blue, depressed, dispirited,
         down(p), downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth,
         low, low-spirited]
      n 1: soft fine feathers [syn: down, down feather]
      2: (American football) a complete play to advance the football;
         "you have four downs to gain ten yards"
      3: English physician who first described Down's syndrome
         (1828-1896) [syn: Down, John L. H. Down]
      4: (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
      5: fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or
         deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
         [syn: down, pile]
      v 1: drink down entirely; "He downed three martinis before
           dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They
           popped a few beer after work" [syn: toss off, pop,
           bolt down, belt down, pour down, down, drink
           down, kill]
      2: eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in
         the course of one meal" [syn: devour, down, consume,
         go through]
      3: bring down or defeat (an opponent)
      4: shoot at and force to come down; "the enemy landed several of
         our aircraft" [syn: down, shoot down, land]
      5: 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" [syn: down, knock
         down, cut down, push down, pull down]
      6: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's
         style of writing" [syn: polish, refine, fine-tune,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  493 Moby Thesaurus words for "down":
     COD, Vandyke, actively, adown, ailing, air, alkali flat,
     all up with, alluvial plain, anthill, backset, bad, barrow, basin,
     beard, beat, beaten, beaver, bedfast, bedridden, below, below par,
     best, bested, blow down, blow over, blubber, blue, booked,
     bottomland, bowed-down, bowl down, bowl over, brae, breeze,
     bring down, bristles, bubble, bulldog, bushveld, butte, butter,
     campo, carry off, cascade, cash, cash down, cash on delivery,
     cast down, cataract, chaff, champaign, champaign country, check,
     chip, chop down, chute, clay, coastal plain, cobweb, collapse,
     collapsing, come down, comedown, completed, completely, concluded,
     confined, confounded, conquer, consume, cork, crash,
     critically ill, cushion, cut down, cut off, daintiness, dash down,
     dashed, debacle, deciduous, deck, declension, declination,
     declining, declivitous, decurrent, defeated, defluxion, dejected,
     delicacy, delta, depressant, depressed, depressing, depressive,
     descend, descendant, descending, descension, descent, desert,
     despairing, despondent, desponding, destroy, devour, digest,
     dip down, discomfited, discomfiture, discouraged, discouraging,
     disheartened, disheartening, dispatch, dispirited, dispiriting,
     dispose of, disregard, documented, done, done for, done in, dough,
     down, down south, downbend, downcast, downcome, downcurve,
     downfall, downfalling, downflow, downgoing, downgrade, downhearted,
     downhill, downiness, downline, downpour, downright, downrush,
     downs, downsinking, downstairs, downstream, downstreet, downtown,
     downtrend, downturn, downward, downward trend, downwards, downwith,
     drooping, droopy, drop, drop down, drop off, dropping, drumlin,
     dune, dust, earlier, earnestly, earthward, eat, eat up, eiderdown,
     ended, enrolled, entered, ether, faint, faintish, fairy, fall,
     fall down, fall off, fallen, falling, feather, feather bed,
     feathers, feeling awful, feeling faint, feeling low,
     feeling something terrible, fell, fetch down, filed, filminess,
     fine-grainedness, fineness, finish, finished, fixed, flat,
     flat country, flatland, flats, flatten, fleece, floor, floored,
     floss, flue, fluff, fluffiness, foam, foothills, for real, froth,
     fully, fur, fuzz, fuzziness, get away with, get down, go down,
     go downhill, goatee, gossamer, gossameriness, grass veld,
     grassland, gravitate, gravitation, ground, heartless, heath,
     hew down, hill, hillock, hipped, hors de combat, hospitalized,
     hummock, hurdle, hypochondriac, hypochondriacal, ignore, ill,
     imperial, in childbed, in danger, in hospital, in low spirits,
     in the depths, in the doldrums, in the dumps, inclination, indexed,
     indisposed, inferior, ingest, inscribed, invalided, kapok, knob,
     knock down, knoll, laid low, laid up, lambasted, lande,
     languishing, lathered, lay level, lay low, lay out, legal, level,
     lick, licked, lint, liquidate, llano, logged, lose altitude, low,
     low-spirited, lower, lowest, lowland, lowlands, lunar mare, mare,
     master, mesa, mesilla, minuted, molehill, money down, monticle,
     monticule, moor, moorland, mortally ill, mote, mound, mow down,
     nether, not quite right, of record, off, off-color, official,
     on call, on demand, on file, on record, on the books,
     on the descendant, on the downgrade, on the skids, open country,
     oppressive, out of sorts, outdo, outdone, overborne, overcome,
     overmastered, overmatched, overpowered, overridden, overthrown,
     overturned, overwhelmed, pampa, pampas, panicked, parachute,
     pay-as-you-go, peach fuzz, peneplain, pessimistic, pile, pillow,
     pining, pipe, pitch, plain, plains, plateau, playa, plummet,
     plummeting, plunge, plunging, plush, pocket, pocket the affront,
     posted, pounce, pour down, prairie, precipitate, prostrate,
     pubescence, pudding, puff, pull down, put away, put to rout, putty,
     rain, rapids, rase, raze, recorded, refinement, registered,
     reversal, reverse, reverse of fortune, rocky, routed, rubber,
     ruined, sagging, salt flat, salt marsh, salt pan, sand dune, satin,
     satininess, savanna, scattered, scrag, sebkha, seedy,
     send headlong, setback, setting, settled, severe check, sick,
     sick abed, sick unto death, sickish, side whiskers, silenced, silk,
     silkiness, sinking, skinned, skinned alive, slack, sluggish,
     smoothness, softness, spiritless, sponge, spread-eagle, spume,
     stampeded, steppe, stomach, stoop, straw, strictly cash, stubble,
     subdued, subjacent, submerging, subsiding, suicidal, supinate,
     surmount, surround, swallow, swallow an insult, swansdown, swell,
     swoop, table, tableland, take, take down, take in, take off,
     taken ill, terminated, thistledown, through, through-and-through,
     throw, throw down, throwback, topple, tottering, tree veld,
     trend downward, trimmed, trip, trounced, tuck in, tuft, tumble,
     tumbledown, tundra, turn aside provocation, under,
     under the weather, undone, unwell, upland, upset, vega, veld,
     velvet, velvetiness, waterfall, wax, weald, weary of life,
     whack down, whelmed, whipped, whiskers, wide-open spaces,
     woebegone, wold, wool, world-weary, worst, worsted, written down,

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. adj. Not operating. ?The up escalator is down? is considered a humorous
      thing to say (unless of course you were expecting to use it), and ?The
      elevator is down? always means ?The elevator isn't working? and never
      refers to what floor the elevator is on. With respect to computers, this
      term has passed into the mainstream; the extension to other kinds of
      machine is still confined to techies (e.g. boiler mechanics may speak of a
      boiler being down).
      2. go down vi. To stop functioning; usually said of the system. The
      message from the console that every hacker hates to hear from the
      operator is ?System going down in 5 minutes?.
      3. take down, bring down vt. To deactivate purposely, usually for repair
      work or PM. ?I'm taking the system down to work on that bug in the tape
      drive.? Occasionally one hears the word down by itself used as a verb in
      this vt. sense.
      See crash; oppose up.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1. Not operating.  "The up escalator is down" is considered a
     humorous thing to say, and "The elevator is down" always
     means "The elevator isn't working" and never refers to what
     floor the elevator is on.  With respect to computers, this
     term has passed into the mainstream; the extension to other
     kinds of machine is still hackish.
     2. "go down" To stop functioning; usually said of the
     system.  The message from the console that every hacker
     hates to hear from the operator is "System going down in 5
     3. "take down", "bring down" To deactivate purposely, usually
     for repair work or PM.  "I'm taking the system down to work
     on that bug in the tape drive."  Occasionally one hears the
     word "down" by itself used as a verb in this sense.
     See crash; opposite: up.
     [{Jargon File]

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