downgradient

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From down- +‎ gradient.

Adjective[edit]

downgradient (comparative more downgradient, superlative most downgradient)

  1. A position down along a gradient from a starting position.
  2. (hydrology) a location that receives groundwater from another location; similar to downstream.
    Monitoring wells are installed downgradient of a contamination source to detect a contaminant plume.

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Adverb[edit]

downgradient (comparative more downgradient, superlative most downgradient)

  1. The direction along a gradient.
  2. (hydrology) a direction that groundwater flows toward.

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