In a Treasury refunding, the amount by which the par value of the securities maturing exceeds that of those sold. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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paydown pay‧down [ˈpeɪdaʊn] noun [countable] FINANCE
a payment of part of a debt

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   A paydown is when the amount of debt being redeemed by a government or a company exceeds the amount of new debt being issued. The government or company is repaying more debt than it is borrowing. The total net reduction is called the paydown.

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paydown UK US /ˈpeɪdaʊn/ noun [C or U]
FINANCE the payment of part of a debt: »

The money will be used to help speed the paydown of the $5.8 billion in debt that the broadcasting side of the company will inherit.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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