Definition of Downiness

1. Noun. A light softness.

Exact synonyms: Featheriness, Fluffiness
Generic synonyms: Softness
Derivative terms: Downy, Downy, Feathery, Feathery, Feathery, Fluffy



Definition of Downiness

1. n. The quality or state of being downy.

Definition of Downiness

1. Noun. The quality of being downy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Downiness

1. [n -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Downiness

downgrading
downgradings
downgyved
downhaul
downhauls
downhearted
downheartedly
downheartedness
downhill
downhiller
downhillers
downhills
downhole
downier
downiest
downiness (current term)
downinesses
downing
downings
downland
downlands
downless
downlevel
downlight
downlighter
downlighters
downlighting
downlights
downlike
downline

Literary usage of Downiness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. British Poets of the Nineteenth Century: Poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge by Curtis Hidden Page (1910)
"... And feel the Boulevard break again Allows my finger to caress Your lips' contour and downiness. Provided it supply a glove. The world's good word ! ..."

2. Wax Flowers: How to Make Them by Tilton, J.E. & Co, J.E. & Co Tilton (1864)
"To put a downiness or Powdering upon Fruit. — One of the powders mentioned on the 3Gth page is adapted for this purpose. ..."

3. English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential by James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1810)
"Leaves alternate, stalked, triangular inclining to ovate, pointed, variously and unequally serrated, smooth, except a slight downiness at the back, ..."

4. The Saturday Magazine (1841)
"... bringeth forth very many stalks, four-square, a cubit high, covered over with a thin whitish, downiness; whereupon are placed by couples at certain ..."

5. Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants by Sir Joseph Paxton (1834)
"Calyx shorter than the tube of the corolla, covered with downiness. Corolla light purple towards the edges of the segments, becoming nearly white as it ..."

6. Flora Medica; a Botanical Account of All the More Important Plants Used in by John Lindley (1838)
"Branches angular, and petioles covered with broken downiness. Leaves oblong, rather acute at ... Branches nearly round, the younger rough with downiness. ..."

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