count·​down | \ ˈkau̇nt-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce countdown (audio) \

Definition of countdown

: an audible backward counting in fixed units (such as seconds) from an arbitrary starting number to mark the time remaining before an event also : preparations carried on during such a count

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count down \ ˈkau̇nt-​ˈdau̇n How to pronounce count down (audio) \ intransitive verb

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Some platforms and trains were crowded during busy periods and countdown clocks occasionally displayed the wrong departure times. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Start of L Train Tunnel Repair Brings Long Waits but Few Hiccups," 29 Apr. 2019 Mere minutes after the NBA season ended Thursday, the countdown began toward a period on the league’s calendar even more anticipated, and scrutinized, than Toronto’s Game 6 Finals victory over Golden State: free agency. John Cherwa,, "The Sports Report: Could Kawhi Leonard be a Clipper?," 15 June 2019 The countdown has begun to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding, which takes place at Windsor Castle on October 12. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A New Photo of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Offers a Rare Glimpse of the Queen’s Private Estate," 9 Oct. 2018 Less than a week after his son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born, Prince Harry is in the Netherlands, celebrating the countdown to the 2020 Invictus Games in the Hague. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Says His Son Archie "Is So Far Very Quiet"," 9 May 2019 The company recently released a series of 14 New Year’s Eve countdown videos featuring characters from popular kids’ Netflix shows like All Hail King Julien, Super Monsters, and Fuller House. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "How brands are capitalizing on your lack of plans.," 26 Dec. 2018 There were always technical issues that needed babysitting, but the countdown proceeded smoothly. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 The station also puts out an annual listener-voted poll called The Hottest 100, with a countdown thar airs in early January. Billboard, "The Down Underdogs: Australian Alternative Artists on Making it Big in America and at Home," 13 July 2018 The countdown to the rolling end credits of the final ever episode of Game of Thrones is now alarmingly close, but please try not to panic just yet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are Planning a 'Bridesmaids'-Style Comedy Together," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of countdown

circa 1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of countdown was circa 1952

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English Language Learners Definition of countdown

: the act of counting down the number of seconds that remain before something (such as the launch of a rocket) happens
: the period of time before an important or special event


count·​down | \ ˈkau̇nt-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce countdown (audio) \

Kids Definition of countdown

: the process of subtracting the time remaining before an event (as the launching of a rocket)

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