come down

Definitions

  • The Irishman coming down the stairs, the others looking up at him
    The Irishman coming down the stairs, the others looking up at him
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v come down get sick "She fell sick last Friday, and now she is in the hospital"
    • v come down be the essential element "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
    • v come down criticize or reprimand harshly "The critics came down hard on the new play"
    • v come down move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way "The temperature is going down","The barometer is falling","The curtain fell on the diva","Her hand went up and then fell again"
    • v come down fall from clouds "rain, snow and sleet were falling","Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook
bear coming down mountain bear coming down mountain

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name "cranberry" comes from German and Dutch settlers. The berry was intially called "crane berry." The reason it was called this was because when the flowers bloom, the petals of the flowers twist backwards and look very much like the head of a crane. Eventually the name was shortened down to be "cranberry."
    • Come down to descend: to be reduced (n. a fall)
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Quotations

  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “When my journal appears, many statues must come down.”
  • Rebecca West
    Rebecca%20West
    “All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.”
  • Charles Kingsley
    Charles%20Kingsley
    “The world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain; and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again.”
  • Jules Renard
    Jules%20Renard
    “Socialism must come down from the brain and reach the heart.”
  • Lynwood L. Giacomini
    Lynwood L. Giacomini
    “Like a gardener I believe what goes down must come up.”
  • Roger Sperry
    Roger Sperry
    “What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cuman; Ger. kommen, to come.

Usage

In literature:

The lists as they come down are, I dare say, made out with tolerable fairness.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It seemed that the young man had come down from the hills to meet his friend and take him back to his cabin.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
WHEN he had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various
Jesse was coming down from the tent, unrolling something wrapped around a stick.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
W'en de vittles don't come in at de do' hit come down de chimbly, en so w'at de odds?
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Come down and see for yourselves.
"The Boys of Crawford's Basin" by Sidford F. Hamp
I intend to come down after lunch.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The soft flakes were still coming down, but no thicker than they had fallen during the night.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
It was coming down the canyon and coming fast.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
For she hears him coming, coming, coming down the street.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
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In poetry:

Down from the heights
I must come still
Out to the meadow.
On the hill.
"Rising Wolf" by Norman MacLeod
Went down to the yards
To see the signal lights come on;
Looked down the track
Where my lovin' babe done gone.
"Long Track Blues" by Sterling A Brown
Parson's coming up the hill,
Meaning mighty well;
Thinks he's preached the doubters down.
And old men never tell.
"Under The Locusts" by John Crowe Ransom
I heard the football of the hail;
The armies of the sky
Were coming down amid the gale,
And rank on rank marched by.
"In The Night" by Charles Hanson Towne
Night comes out of the east
And rushes down on the sun;
The emerald pools and the light pools
Are darkened and done.
"At Sea" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Then sit down meekly at my side
And watch my young life flee;
Then solemn peace of holy death
Come quickly unto thee.
"Early Death" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal

In news:

Beach side view of the Ocean Tower coming down on Sunday.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has begun telling Americans the Nov 6 election comes down to which candidate would be better for their families.
When it comes down to local music here in Lubbock, I would like to think that we support our local musicians.
What it comes down to is that for the hitting of balls and running of races, mitigations are possible.
Anaheim, calif – The game doesn't always come down to who wants it most – occasionally, talent has something to do with it.
These pieces will have you lighting up the night long after those Christmas lights come down.
The Southern Ohio Conference Division I championship always seems to come down to the game between the Symmes Valley Vikings and Oak Hill Oaks.
Space-Age Technology Comes Down To Earth.
The snow is still coming down at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and the snow is expected to continue through Saturday.
It may come down to which matters more: economic performance or personal appeal.
The success of a new program or policy almost always comes down to creating a culture of trust and inclusion.
I created a chimney and fireplace for Santa to come down on Christmas Eve.
All over America, the old government vision of public housing is coming down.
Manitowoc's giant Budweiser beer bottles won't come down after all.
In light of the Rupert Murdoch scandal, it has finally come down to a basic question for each American: How big a role does money play in our lives.
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In science:

They come down to vanishing of three weighted invariants of differential order at most 8 in connection defining the pro jective structure.
Cosmic Jerk, Snap and Beyond
Several issues come to mind, such as the possibility of producing a proton bunch with large enough charge density, the possibility of phase slippage as protons slow down, the effect of proton beam divergence and dissipation in the plasma, etc.
Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration
In the present case this comes down to checking the following.
An invitation to toric degenerations
Since viscous drag increases as a body comes closer to a boundary, it might be expected that a cell would slow down.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
That is, if the coin comes down heads, the value of pt is displaced by Dt/pt in the heads direction.
The Reality Game
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