toward a lower place, point, or level:
he was lying face downward.
used to indicate that something applies to everyone in a certain hierarchy or set:
new rules on sick leave affect employees of all grades, from managers downward.
moving or leading toward a lower place or level:
the downward curve of the stairs
a downward trend in inflation.
•landward • backward
•hellward • heavenward • leftward
, southwestward, westward
, northeastward, southeastward
•windward • inward • cityward
•skyward • sideward • rightward
, henceforward, shoreward, straightforward, thenceforward
•awkward • northward
•outward • southward • poleward
•homeward • oceanward • Woodward
•sunward • upward • frontward
•rearward • afterward • earthward
•untenured • steelyard • vineyard
, hazard, mazzard
, gizzard, izard, lizard, vizard, wizard