• WordNet 3.6
    • adj downy covered with fine soft hairs or down "downy milkweed seeds"
    • adj downy like down or as soft as down
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings.
    • Downy Covered with down, or with pubescence or soft hairs. "A downy feather.""Plants that . . . have downy or velvet rind upon their leaves."
    • Downy Cunning; wary.
    • Downy Made of, or resembling, down. Hence, figuratively: Soft; placid; soothing; quiet. "A downy shower.""Downy pillow.""Time steals on with downy feet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • downy Having downs; containing downs.
    • downy Covered with down or nap.
    • downy Having the character or structure of down; resembling down: as, downy plumage.
    • downy Made of down or soft feathers.
    • downy Soft; soothing; calm.
    • downy Knowing; cunning: as, a downy cove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Downy covered with or made of down: like down: soft: soothing:
    • adj Downy (slang) knowing
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. dúnn; Ger. daune, dune.


In literature:

They have tossed sleeplessly on their downy beds, wondering if there was no balm in Gilead, no rooster there.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
When he looked at the little, downy face, a new feeling took possession of him.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
And so Brown Creepers, Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, and other birds, often join them in their merry rambles and scrambles.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
I'd sooner depend on Dr. Downie's opinion.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
In Downy's cell, my lodge beside.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
It was of soft downy material, rich in colour and texture.
"Robin Redbreast" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
Follow the downy woodpecker to the apple tree and find out what he was pecking.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The foundation was a wide-meshed net of cord, to which had been tied hundreds of the fragile, downy pelts.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Where they get the downy feathers for the carpet of their nurseries I have not been able to ascertain.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
I only know that I still possess a razor he sold me when my downy face had begun to arouse public derision.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton

In poetry:

On these downy Pillows lye,
Whose soft Plumes will thither fly:
On these Roses strow'd so plain
Lest one Leaf thy Side should strain.
"A Dialogue Between The Resolved Soul, And Created Pleasure" by Andrew Marvell
And that same day, in one endeavour,
Outside the furrows every tree
Bursts into leaf, light-green and downy,
And stretches skyward, tall and free.
"Ploughing Time" by Boris Pasternak
Thy downy breast is pierced and bleeding;
This wing will never rise again;
In vain thy look, so wild and pleading!
I cannot cure or ease thy pain.
"Bird Slaughter" by John Lawson Stoddard
O! come once more, with downy wings,
And bear me hence to cooling springs!
Such as murmur thro' the grove
Where Shenstone's Muse was wont to rove:
"To Sleep" by Maria Logan
Its mission of song at last is done,
No more will it greet the rising sun;
That tiny bird has found a rest
More calm than its mother's downy breast
"The Sparrow's Fall" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Yet soon from that pure spot of rest
(Love's little throne!) shalt thou be torn;
Time hovers o'er thy downy nest,
To crown thy baby-brow with thorn.
"Lines Upon Seeing A Beautiful Infant Sleeping On The Bosom Of Its Mother" by Sir John Carr

In news:

Downy mildew affecting Ohio impatiens .
A disease called impatiens downy mildew, which first appeared in Europe a few years ago, has spread to some states around the country, including Ohio.
Downy mildew on impatiens causes gardeners to lose patience.
When impatiens are infected with downy mildew, the leaves turn yellow and start to drop off until all that is left are bare stems and a few leaves.
Mildew is sweeping impatiens mildew, manure, plant, impatiens , plants, downy, infected, tea, compost, leaves.
Downy mildew on impatiens .
Check out the impact downy mildew had on these impatiens .
News Get the latest on Impatiens Downy Mildew.
Lawn & Landscape will be hosting a webinar on Impatiens Downy Mildew.
The Florida Extension Plant Diagnostic Clinic has received many samples of impatiens exhibiting downy mildew symptoms over the last few weeks, and trials are currently underway to identify best crop protection methods for growers.
It's not your father's tyrannosaur: Yutyrannus huali, a newly discovered ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex, was covered from head to tail in downy feathers .
The scientists say the creature did not actually fly which would have been impossible given its large size — far bigger than the average cow — and the downy structure of its feathers .
Flamingos are hatched with white, downy plumage.
I Don't Want to Settle Down…I Want to Keep Riding This Rainbow.
Out from the dark: the OpenEnded Group—(l-r) Marc Downie, Paul Kaiser, Shelley Eshkar.

In science:

For states v in the tree, |ψi = 1√3 (|lef ti + |righti + |downi).) A shift S is just the transformation that, for every edge (v , v ′ ) in the augmented tree, swaps the two basis states |v , di and |v ′ , d′ i associated with the edge (v , v ′ ).
Quantum algorithms for formula evaluation
Law, E., West, K., Mandel, M., Bay, M., Downie, J.S.: Evaluation of algorithms using games: the case of music tagging.
Large-Scale Music Annotation and Retrieval: Learning to Rank in Joint Semantic Spaces