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DOWNWARD, DOWNWARDS, adv. [See Ward.]

1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course, whether directly toward the center of the earth, or not; as, to tend downward; to move or roll downwards; to look downward; to take root downwards.

2. In a course or direction from a head, spring, origin or source. Water flows downward toward the sea; we sailed downward on the stream.

3. In a course of lineal descent from an ancestor, considered as a head; as, to trace successive generations downward from Adam or Abraham.

4. In the course of falling or descending from elevation or distinction.



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DOWNWARD, DOWNWARDS, adv. [See Ward.]

1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course, whether directly toward the center of the earth, or not; as, to tend downward; to move or roll downwards; to look downward; to take root downwards.

2. In a course or direction from a head, spring, origin or source. Water flows downward toward the sea; we sailed downward on the stream.

3. In a course of lineal descent from an ancestor, considered as a head; as, to trace successive generations downward from Adam or Abraham.

4. In the course of falling or descending from elevation or distinction.

DOWN'WARD, a.

  1. Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place, as on a slope or declivity, or in the open air; tending toward the earth or its center; as, a downward course; he took his way with downward force. – Dryden.
  2. Declivous; bending; as, the downward heaven. – Dryden.
  3. Descending from a head, origin or source.
  4. Tending to a lower condition or state; depressed; dejected; as downward thoughts. Sidney.

DOWN'WARD, adv. [Sax. duneweard. See Ward.]

  1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course, whether directly toward the center of the earth, or not; as, to tend downward; to move or roll downward; to look downward; to take root downward.
  2. In a course or direction from a head, spring, origin or source. Water flows downward toward the sea; we sailed downward on the stream.
  3. In a course of lineal descent from an ancestor, considered as a head; as, to trace successive generations downward from Adam or Abraham.
  4. In the course of falling or descending from elevation or distinction.

Down"ward
  1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course; as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or downwards.

    "Looking downwards." Pope.

    Their heads they downward bent. Drayton.

  2. Moving or extending from a higher to a lower place; tending toward the earth or its center, or toward a lower level; declivous.

    With downward force
    That drove the sand along he took his way.
    Dryden.

  3. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or ruin.

    And downward fell into a groveling swine. Milton.

  4. Descending from a head, origin, or source; as, a downward line of descent.
  5. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from one to another in a descending line.

    A ring the county wears,
    That downward hath descended in his house,
    From son to son, some four or five descents.
    Shak.

  6. Tending to a lower condition or state; depressed; dejected; as, downward thoughts.

    Sir P. Sidney.
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DOWNWARD, DOWNWARDS, adverb [See Ward.]

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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apostle

APOS'TLE, n. [L. apostalus; Gr. to send away, to sent.]

A person deputed to execute some important business; but appropriately, a disciple of Christ commissioned to preach the gospel. Twelve persons were selected by Christ for this purpose; and Judas, one of the number, proving an apostate, his place was supplied by Matthias. Acts 1.

The title of apostle is applied to Christ himself, Heb. 3. In the primitive ages of the church, other ministers were called apostles, Rom. 16; as were persons sent to carry alms from one church to another, Philip. 2. This title was also given to persons who first planted the Christian faith. Thus Dionysius of Corinth is called the apostle of France; and the Jesuit Missionaries are called apostles.

Among the Jews, the title was given to officers who were sent into distant provinces, as visitors or commissioners, to see the laws observed.

Apostle, in the Greek liturgy, is a book contained the epistles of St. Paul, printed in the order in which they are to be read in churches, through the year.

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