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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun down:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective down:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb down:


Down is sometimes a misspelling of dark, dawn, done or door.

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Definition of the adjective down

What does down mean as an attribute of a noun?

Down is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: downer | downest

  1. being or moving lower in position or less in some value
  2. extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
    • example: the down staircase
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of down: downward
    • similar: descending
  3. becoming progressively lower
    • example: the down trend in the real estate market
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: falling
  4. being put out by a strikeout
    • example: two down in the bottom of the ninth
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • similar: out
  5. understood perfectly
  6. lower than previously
    • example: prices are down
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonym of down: depressed
    • similar: low
  7. shut
    • example: the shades were down
    • similar: lowered
  8. not functioning (temporarily or permanently)
    • example: we can't work because the computer is down
    • similar: inoperative
  9. filled with melancholy and despondency

Alternative definition of the adjective down


  1. Depressed, feeling low.
    • antonym: up
  2. On a lower level than before.
    • antonym: up
  3. Having a lower score than an opponent.
    • antonym: up
  4. [colloquial] With "on", negative about, hostile to
    • antonym: up
  5. [not comparable, US, slang]Frequently used prior to "with", relaxed about, accepting of
  6. [not comparable] Inoperable; out of order; out of service.
  7. Of a task; finished in phrases like
  8. Committed to memory; memorised, in phrases like

Specialised definition of the adjective down

Glossary of sports / American football

the state of a player who has just been tackled

Glossary of sports / boxing

when a boxer is down, a part of his body other than his feet is touching the canvas or he is in a helpless condition on the ropes or is judged by the referee to be unable to continue boxing (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adverb down

What does down mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position
  2. away from a more central or a more northerly place
    • examples: was sent down to work at the regional office | worked down on the farm | came down for the wedding | flew down to Florida
    • antonym: up
  3. paid in cash at time of purchase
    • example: put ten dollars down on the necklace
  4. from an earlier time
    • example: the story was passed down from father to son
  5. to a lower intensity
    • example: he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black
    • antonym: up
  6. in an inactive or inoperative state
    • examples: the factory went down during the strike | the computer went down again

Alternative definition of the adverb down


  1. [comparable] From a higher position to a lower one; downwards.
    • antonym: up
  2. [comparable] At a lower place or position.
    • antonym: up
  3. South (as south is at the bottom of typical maps).
    • antonym: up
  4. [Ireland] Away from the city (even if the location is to the North).
    • antonym: up
  5. Into a state of non-operation.
    • antonym: up
  6. [rail transport] The direction leading away from the principal terminus, away from milepost zero.
  7. [context: sentence substitute] Get down.

Specialised definition of the adverb down

Glossary of sports / golf

the number of holes, in match play, or the number of strokes, in stroke play, that a player is behind an opponent

Definition of the noun down

What does down mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • down: downs
  • Down: Downs

  1. soft fine feathers
  2. (American football) a complete play to advance the football
  3. English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)
  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)
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of down: pile
    • more generic word: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures
    • more specific word: lanugo = the fine downy hair covering a human fetus

Alternative definition of the noun down


  1. [obsolete except in place-names] Hill, rolling grassland
  2. [context: usually plural] Field, especially for racing.
  3. a negative aspect; a downer.
  4. An act of swallowing an entire drink in one.
  5. [context: American football] A single play, from the time the ball is snapped (the start) to the time the whistle is blown (the end) when the ball is down, or is downed.
  6. [context: crosswords] A clue whose solution runs vertically in the grid.
  7. Soft, fluffy immature feathers which grow on young birds. Used as insulating material in duvets, sleeping bags and jackets.

Specialised definition of the noun down

Glossary of sports / American football

one of four attempts allowed for the offense to advance the football a minimum of ten yards. If successful, the offense is awarded a new set of four downs (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

one of 4 chances a team on offense has to gain 10 yards

a ball that a player touches to the ground in the end zone to get a touchback

Definition of the verb down

What does down mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: downed | downing | downs

  1. drink down entirely
  2. eat up completely, as with great appetite
  3. bring down or defeat (an opponent)
  4. shoot at and force to come down
  5. cause to come or go down
    • examples: The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect | The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet | The fighter managed to down his opponent
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of down: cut down / knock down / pull down / push down
    • more generic word: strike = deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
    • more specific word: submarine = bring down with a blow to the legs
  6. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

Other definitions of down

What does down also mean?


  1. From the higher end to the lower of.
    • antonym: up
  2. From one end to another of.


Down is a heavy metal supergroup that formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarist Pepper Keenan, guitarist Bobby Landgraf, bassist Pat Bruders, and drummer Jimmy Bower. Since their formation, Down has gone on hiatus twice. To date, Down has released five studio albums. The first three were LPs entitled NOLA, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow, and Down III: Over the Under. In 2008, the band began working on additional material, which resulted in two EPs entitled Down IV Part I – The Purple EP, released in September 2012 and Down IV, Pt. II, released in May 2014.


  1. "Down" is an R&B-electropop song by British artist Jay Sean. The song was released in North America as his debut single from his first album there, All or Nothing. In other markets, including the UK, the song serves as Jay Sean's lead single from his third studio album. The single features American rapper and label mate Lil Wayne and is produced by J-Remy and Bobby Bass. "Down" is the seventh-best selling single of 2009, having sold more than three million digital copies in the United States alone, and has been certified Platinum in several countries. The song went on to sell four million copies in the United States and six million copies worldwide, and also received a large airplay of two billion listener impressions on radio worldwide.
  2. "Down" is a song by the band 311. It is the first song on their third album, 311. It was their first #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs charts, and along with their self-titled album, was largely responsible for launching them into mainstream success. An accompanying video for the song was in rotation on MTV at the time of its release. Due to its massive popularity it was also included as the first song on their live album, Live, and on their greatest hits album, Greatest Hits '93-'03. Since its release it has also become a staple of their live concerts, and is usually dedicated "to all the old-school 311 fans.
  3. "Down" is a composition.
  4. "Down" is an album by the Chicago band The Jesus Lizard. It was their last album for Touch and Go records and the last to be produced by Steve Albini.
    • genre: Noise rock
    • released on (20 years ago)
  5. "Down" is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released as the first single from their fourth album, No. 4. In the U.S., the song peaked at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #9 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
  6. "Down" is the second single released from the debut album of the reggaeton duo RKM & Ken-Y, Masterpiece. "Down" is sung in both English and Spanish languages. The song wasn't supposed to be a single, but due to its massive radio airplay and popularity, it became the album's second single, after Dame Lo Que Quiero. The song was composed by Wise and Rossana Pina and produced by Mambo Kingz.
  7. "Down" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  8. "Down", released in November 1996 on Century Media records, is the fourth album by Sentenced. It is also the first album including the vocalist Ville Laihiala. This album marks the band's progression from melodic death metal to gothic metal.
  9. "Down" is the 2004 single album by Blink-182.
    • released on (10 years ago)


"Down" is an original novel by Lawrence Miles featuring the fictional archaeologist Bernice Summerfield. The New Adventures were a spin-off from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1997-09


"Down" is a 2001 horror film about a killer elevator, starring James Marshall and Naomi Watts. The film is also known as The Shaft, which is the name used for the United States DVD release. The film is a remake of the 1983 Dutch film De Lift, which was also directed by Maas.


  1. Down was a UK Parliament constituency in Ireland. It was a two member constituency and existed in two periods, 1801-1885 and 1922-1950.
    • also known as Down District
    • founded in (214 years ago)
    • country: United Kingdom
  2. Down was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800.
  3. Down was a county constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 - 1929. It returned eight MPs, using the single transferable vote method of proportional representation.
  4. Down is one of the six counties comprising Northern Ireland.

There are other places with in their name, like Down's, Old Down, Camp Down, Down East, Down Home, Down-Home, West Down, Combe Down, Down House, Down South, Down Under, Piper down, Ashley Down, County Down, Down Ampney, Down Thomas, Duncan Down, Hadlow Down, Perham Down and Porton Down.


Down is a four-issue American comic book limited series published in late 2005 and early 2006, by Top Cow Productions, an imprint of Image Comics. The series was written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner and Tony Harris.

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The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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