From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdownwarddown‧ward /ˈdaʊnwəd $ -wərd/ adjective [only before noun] 1 DOWNmoving or pointing towards a lower position OPP upward a gentle downward slope2 moving to a lower level OPP upward Share prices continued their downward trend. She was caught in a downward spiral of drink and drugs. → downwards
Examples from the Corpusdownward• This meant rejecting designs that were symmetrical or that actually went against the downward flow of building height from east to west.• He managed to pull himself free with a sudden downward movement of his hands.• Ella's book lay face downward on the arm of a chair, her spectacles lodged across it.• The downward pressure on my chest became more intense.• Obviously the past year I somehow got on the downward spiral at work.• Again, a downward trend is evident.• Stock prices continued their downward trend.• She gave the bell-rope a swift downward tug.• The direct downward view is dull unless it contains another subject at an interim level, such as a kite.downward spiral• Perhaps the most shocking news was that children got hit the hardest in this downward spiral.• So those economic dynamics contribute to a continuing downward spiral.• My theory is we're going into this horrible downward spiral and Clinton is a poor imitation of Kennedy.• Obviously the past year I somehow got on the downward spiral at work.• But the significance of the Merck move is that it signals a downward spiral in drug prices.• Self-pity tends to block taking action that will be truly effective in reversing the downward spirals of primary and family diseases.• Today is the finale of a downward spiral of setbacks and disappointments as you begin to find new ways forward.• It has continued on that downward spiral since.From Longman Business Dictionarydownwarddown‧ward /ˈdaʊnwəd-wərd/ (also downwards) adverb towards a lower position or levelInflation for June was lower at 3.9%, and the underlying trend appears downward.Competition forces prices downwards. —downward adjectiveBrazil’s debt had an important role to play in creatingdownward pressure on the currency.