Definition of downhill in English:

downhill

adverb

  • 1Toward the bottom of a slope.

    ‘he ran downhill’
    ‘follow the road downhill’
    • ‘If hitting the ball uphill, you had to calculate how far back downhill it would roll, and at what angle.’
    • ‘Now, you know when an avalanche goes downhill it gains momentum.’
    • ‘Starting downhill we encounter a bear hole, dug in pursuit of a ground squirrel.’
    • ‘The ice-encrusted cairn eventually appeared through the gloom and I was glad to retrace my steps downhill to a little niche where I could find some semblance of shelter.’
    • ‘A funicular railway scales the mountain to the jumping-off point for the sledge run, which winds five kilometres downhill back to the railway terminus.’
    • ‘Obviously the logical answer is that it always flows downhill, and it is an illusion that the road's length slants upwards.’
    • ‘I'm not even sure whether I'm heading downhill or not.’
    • ‘The trail eventually takes a few short and steep upturns, but for the most part just flows downhill like water.’
    • ‘Right at tracks T-junction, 200 yards downhill, left between farm buildings.’
    • ‘Follow the cobbles downhill and through a gate to reach the canal's lower level on the left.’
    • ‘Police said the landslide had swept seven houses some 30 meters downhill in the hilly residential area of Candi after a retaining wall broke early on Saturday.’
    • ‘Shaped like a big horseshoe, this place starts with a bowled off mini ramp of sorts and runs downhill.’
    • ‘When skiing downhill the bindings are locked, and skins and crampons removed.’
    • ‘There is no question that the bigger wheels are faster downhill and considerably more stable.’
    • ‘Also, when I am going downhill the car will pick up revs, but on uphill gradients loses almost all power.’
    • ‘Stile to path at 1 o'clock which then zigzags downhill via posts.’
    • ‘The original Glencolumbkille House was located on a lower site 100 yards downhill.’
    • ‘Anyone with half an inkling knows that water traditionally runs downhill, after all Newton and his love of apples determined that fact.’
    • ‘After a few yards downhill we could see the roofs of Thoralby and a few minutes later were strolling its old street to The George Inn.’
    • ‘The route drops to a dead-end road called Smearbottom Lane further uphill, but downhill it becomes Hawthorns Lane and we took its very steep and metalled surface.’
    1. 1.1Into a steadily worsening situation.
      ‘his marriage continued to slide downhill’
      ‘the business is going downhill fast’
      • ‘Once the pride of India and a great showpiece to the world, Indian Railways has steadily gone downhill.’
      • ‘Sadly, Adam is let off the leash in the second half and everything goes downhill, but not before the movie has delivered big laughs.’
      • ‘He has traded in Stonegate for five years but a decline in business began to become noticeable one-and-a-half years ago and trade has gone steadily downhill ever since.’
      • ‘He begins on a false premise and goes downhill from there.’
      • ‘Things started to go downhill the following year when he walked out of West Indies' tour of England after a dressing room row but was persuaded to return days later.’
      • ‘I'm just voicing my opinion that I think things have gone steadily downhill since November.’
      • ‘Things then went steadily downhill for the troubled Scot as he struggled to a demoralising 75 which leaves him in grave jeopardy of missing the cut.’
      • ‘Yorkshire began brightly against Durham at Scarborough yesterday but went downhill as the weather deteriorated.’
      • ‘The half of the film that is a story that you could watch never knowing or caring that there were more parts to follow, starts off at good and goes downhill.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the rest of the cd goes downhill from there.’
      • ‘From here, I went steadily downhill and, when I was 19, I was sent to prison for theft, assault and numerous robberies.’
      • ‘Overall have you ever had one of those days when things are neutral and then all of a sudden inside you everything goes downhill?’
      • ‘Others have already pointed out that the film goes downhill the closer you get to the ending.’
      • ‘He refused to receive counselling and went steadily downhill.’
      • ‘He begins the speech with a lie and proceeds downhill from there.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, a few pages later the book started to go downhill and never fully recovered.’
      • ‘At which point things started to go steadily downhill.’
      • ‘Its condition steadily went downhill and it appeared that the scrapman would be a visitor.’
      • ‘From this crucial presentation of misinformation, the text goes steadily downhill.’
      • ‘This just, though, it plays like sitcom, sort of starts out well, the movies start out well and kind of goes downhill from there.’

adjective

  • 1Leading down toward the bottom of a slope.

    ‘the route is downhill for part of the way’
    • ‘He lost control on a gentle downhill slope approaching a bend.’
    • ‘There are subtle inclines and subtler downhill slopes.’
    • ‘There are a fair amount of details, such as snow in the bobsled run and mini-trees on the downhill slopes, which help create a sense of realism throughout the game.’
    • ‘We topped the pass as the first drops of rain fell, and then beat the storm in a reckless 20 kilometres downhill dash.’
    • ‘Perhaps a little too far, as it happens, as the downhill slope was fairly shallow and didn't even come close to hinting at the ferocity of the climb back up to the top.’
    • ‘Stockholm to Copenhagen, with lunch at Vadstena Castle, was the downhill slope of the rally.’
    • ‘But on a road, even a long one, even a long downhill one, 80 is your realistic top whack.’
    • ‘The route took the participants around a course which was a mixture of uphill and downhill slopes, cross country terrain and hard surfaces.’
    • ‘No one wants to mess with a large bus on a downhill slope.’
    • ‘A four-cylinder 77 BHP engine did most of the work, with a good downhill slope doing the rest.’
    • ‘The directional arrow pointed to a downhill slope, surrounded in bushland.’
    • ‘The shorter races also make for real spectacles, especially on the five-furlong track, which has a downhill slope and sees some of the fastest sprints in the world.’
    • ‘Finally, we reached the downhill portion of the hike, towards Hanakapiai Beach.’
    • ‘I prefer starting on a downhill slope because the car moves on its own and any jerkiness of the clutch is irrelevant.’
    • ‘‘There is no chance that any new downhill slopes will be developed at any of the existing centres or at any new locations,’ he says.’
    • ‘A boy on a skateboard, on his way home from a friend's place, tripped on a slight downhill slope on a quiet suburban street.’
    • ‘Eyewitnesses said the 17 horses stampeded over a tiny bridge on the steep downhill path then tried to get around a sharp left turn.’
    • ‘Now, consider that - on a good day with a downhill slope and the blessing of some higher power - the Rickshaw can hit 30 mph.’
    • ‘With a few hours of ski lessons, many beginners catch on well enough to find themselves hooked for life on a downhill descent.’
    • ‘He said the battery kicks in automatically when sensors in the pedals pick up that the rider needs help and cuts out when it is not needed such as on downhill slopes.’
    descending, downhill, falling, sinking, going down, moving down, sliding, slipping, dipping, earthbound, earthward
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    1. 1.1Relating to the sport of skiing or cycling downhill.
      ‘the world downhill champion’
      • ‘Injuries are most common in contact sports, such as football, or sports that involve falls, such as downhill skiing or soccer.’
      • ‘According to my mother, downhill skiing was for rich people who didn't mind breaking their legs.’
      • ‘Ski Sunday has entered BBC commentator and former international skier Graham Bell in a Skier X competition - a fusion of motor cross and downhill skiing!’
      • ‘We hadn't given the most dignified demonstration of downhill ski technique.’
      • ‘It's been a long time coming for British skiing, but the young Scot is proving a credible downhill challenger’
      • ‘For some sports like downhill skiing and gymnastics, they're eight times more susceptible.’
      • ‘Vail Cascade boasts 4,000 acres of incredible downhill skiing and snowboarding right outside your door.’
      • ‘She also enjoys downhill skiing and backpacking with friends and family.’
      • ‘I used to really enjoy water skiing and downhill skiing - but not anymore.’
      • ‘As with downhill skiing, the kick turn is essential for climbing.’
      • ‘While many Bozeman locals love downhill skiing, most college students prefer snowboarding.’
      • ‘Favorite winter sports include cross-country and downhill skiing, and long-distance skating.’
      • ‘Most injuries occurred while the patients were engaged in downhill skiing or snowboarding.’
      • ‘And over the holidays, I went downhill skiing for the very first time in my life.’
      • ‘Ice hockey, downhill skiing, ski jumping and even the speed skating make for compulsive viewing.’
      • ‘Most beginning snowboarders find the learning curve faster than for downhill skiing, but don't plan on learning everything in one day.’
      • ‘With more than 25 ski areas dotting the peaks around Lake Tahoe, the region is rightly touted as a Mecca for downhill skiing and snowboarding.’
      • ‘If we liked congested slopes and long lines and battling for parking spaces, we would've become downhill skiers.’
      • ‘At school that's exactly what Matti excelled at: downhill skiing and soccer, sports and languages.’
      • ‘And when exactly was general downhill skiing and snowboarding considered an ‘extreme’ sport?’
    2. 1.2Leading to a steadily worsening situation.
      ‘the downhill road to delinquency’
      • ‘When the history of a once-great company is written, they'll be able to point to this defining moment as the start of the downhill slide.’
      • ‘This was the start of the downhill road that is his health.’
      • ‘Seventy-four and a half per cent of this province's college faculty have voted to strike in protest of the downhill slide of the quality of college education.’
      • ‘And the next pages show the same downhill slide even under conditions of the most optimistic scenarios.’
      • ‘Her students, as cruel as they are beautiful and privileged, treat her as a curiosity while they try to decide if she's cool or on the downhill slide into spinster misery.’
      • ‘The danger is that the attacks - and the potential threat of more - harm consumer confidence and tip the economy into a downhill slide.’
      • ‘This month begins my annual downhill slide into neurotic freneticism.’
      • ‘It's downhill from there, a situation not helped by the BBC constantly reviving it because they feel the need to get a Christmas blockbuster.’
      • ‘The downhill slide of the state do not seem to be either visible or of concern or worry to the key political parties, ever at each other's jugular vein.’
    3. 1.3Without difficulty or challenge.
      ‘we can take the easy road, the downhill road, or we can put America on the path to greatness again’
      • ‘I was hoping it would be a downhill slope from here, and I guess in a way, it is.’

noun

  • 1A downward slope.

    • ‘Unfortunately on the largest downhill the bike started to wobble and I lost control.’
    • ‘A cute pattern developed: we'd hit a downhill, and all the people just behind us would pass us.’
    • ‘I know where the trail goes: back up to pay for the downhill we just got.’
    • ‘The bus left the road at at the bottom of a steep downhill, and careered 70 metres down an embankment.’
    • ‘He and his training partner readily accommodate me and my reporter's notebook, although, to be honest, they'd rather do these repeats on an unpaved trail that didn't shred their quads on the downhills.’
    • ‘The downhills were far more punishing than I thought they would be.’
    • ‘Uphill, downhills, through rivers and through underbrush, this unknown Kiwi never faltered or stopped.’
    • ‘On the downhills, the big, widely spaced cornering knobs cut through deep dust, greasy mud, or loose talus.’
    • ‘Two of my favorite downhills are Wipeout and Lost Run.’
    • ‘I took the next downhill at full speed.’
    • ‘With lots of obstacles and steep downhills, your hipflexor muscles may work quite a bit harder than they normally do.’
    • ‘The downhills offer little relief, as long leaping strides will send your quads into convulsions.’
    • ‘It's not a pure race machine, but you could race it because its sub-71-degree head-tube angle means the Mootaineer likes the downhills as much as the climbs.’
    • ‘The early afternoon sun was now baking my tired body as I cruised the rolling downhills listening to my IPod.’
    • ‘In my second race, my dad, who was a marathon runner, told me to relax while running the downhills.’
    • ‘I muscled my way up inclines and picked up speed on the rocky downhills.’
    • ‘Both circuits are very short at a mere three miles, with one catering for families and the other, with a stiffer climb and a good downhill, more suitable for experienced riders.’
    • ‘The 6.5 mile trail offers a strenuous climb up Taylor Hill followed by a twisting downhill.’
    • ‘Master muddy downhills, hairpin turns and unexpected obstacles with the help of cyclocross pro Gina Hall.’
  • 2Skiing
    A downhill race.

    • ‘The 27-year-old American won the season's opening two downhills and finished third the last two races.’
    • ‘After his victory in the season-opening giant slalom, Miller won two downhills and finished second in two super-G races.’
    • ‘Despite losing a few seconds on the last part of the downhill, Ivan held onto his lead in the final kilometres to complete a great ride!’
    • ‘He won back-to-back World Cup downhills in Norway at the end of the 2000 season and took the Super-G title at the World Championships in 2001.’
    • ‘The three Bulgarian skiers have confirmed their places in the slalom, giant and super giant slalom and he will even ski in the downhill.’
    • ‘It was those instincts which undoubtedly contributed to her result in the downhill here in Turin, a race which took place in flat light on a tricky rolling course.’
    1. 2.1The activity of downhill skiing.
      • ‘Being the type of person I am, I like the thrill - that's probably why I like downhill.’
      • ‘The beauty of the older cable bindings was their usefulness for both touring and downhill.’

Pronunciation:

downhill

/dounˈhil/