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Definition of "downstream" []

  • In the direction of a stream's current. (adjective)
  • Business Closer to the point of sale than to the point of production or manufacture. (adjective)
  • Down a stream: floated downstream. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "downstream" in a sentence
  • "The county's advisory was a precaution to notify residents to avoid contact with the water downstream from the spill site, a statement said."
  • ""The only clue as to where the dwarf could have got to was a love-starved weedeater gazing longingly downstream from the battlements.""
  • "It concluded that severe and long-term environmental damage is likely to continue, and that it represents a serious health hazard for residents of the mining area and for the indigenous peoples living downstream from the mine."