Pronunciation: (doun'wurd),[key] —adv. 1. Also,down'wards.from a higher to a lower place or condition.
2. down from a source or beginning: As the river flows downward, it widens. 3. from a past time, predecessor, or ancestor: The estate was handed downward from generation to generation.
—adj. 1. moving or tending to a lower place or condition.
2. descending from a source or beginning.