Definition of down:

part of speech: adverb / preposition

From a higher to a lower place; on the ground; extended or prostrate on any surface; toward the mouth of a river; below the horizon, as the sun; into a due consistence, as, to boil down. Note.- Persons in London say down to Scotland, & c., and those in the provinces, up to London.

part of speech: noun

The fine soft feathers of fowls; any fine hairy substance light enough to float in the air.

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The hard fat of ruminant animals, separated from the membranes by melting down. ...