AskDefine | Define downstream

Dictionary Definition

downstream adj : in the direction of a stream's current [ant: upstream] adv : away from the source or with the current [syn: downriver] [ant: upriver, upriver]

User Contributed Dictionary



down + stream


  1. Lower down, in relation to a river or stream
    She lives downstream from the dam.




  1. Following the path of a river or stream
    We spent the day paddling downstream in our canoes.



Extensive Definition

The term downstream has several possible meanings:
In geography, downstream means literally away from the source of a stream or river, and in meteorology, away from the source of an air parcel or mass, along the normal direction of water or air flow. By analogy with this, see also:
downstream in Urdu: زیر بہاؤ
downstream in German: Downstream
downstream in Italian: Downstream
downstream in Dutch: Downstream
downstream in Portuguese: Jusante
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