count·​down | \ˈkau̇nt-ˌdau̇n \

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 \ intransitive verb

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When the game was due to officially start, Falcao walked across to Japan’s side of the field and spoke to referee Damir Skomina in a discussion that lasted beyond the official countdown to kickoff. Brett Martell,, "Japan takes advantage of early red card to upset Colombia," 19 June 2018 The grocery store at 915 R St., has been hiring staff and began the grand-opening countdown last week on Facebook. Mark Glover, sacbee, "Countdown is on for Market 5-ONE-5 opening in Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 To see if your local Krispy Kreme shop is taking part, and to join the countdown, click here. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "World Chocolate Day: Krispy Kreme to ‘Glaze the Globe,’ to offer Chocolate Glaze Doughnuts July 7," 28 June 2018 There's barely a second to breathe in between the Halo jumping, the motorcycle crashing, the helicopter ramming, and, in the tedious countdown-clock climax, the frenetic frame-toggling between widescreen 2.39 and IMAX 1.90 aspect ratios. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': What the Critics Are Saying," 12 July 2018 Once your pharmacist hands NuvaRing over to you, your four-month room-temperature countdown begins. Korin Miller, SELF, "Do You Actually Need to Keep Your Vaginal Ring in the Fridge?," 3 July 2018 The network continued its weekly countdown Monday (May 28) with players listed from Nos. Christopher Dabe,, "Saints' Mark Ingram joins NFL Network list of top 100 players for 2018," 28 May 2018 With 21 days left to Russia 2018, 90 Minutes continues its countdown with Denmark, looking to emulate the heroics of the Euro 1992 title-winning squad with an in-form Christian Eriksen. Steve Douglas,, "World Cup Countdown: Eriksen leads Denmark team looking to replicate 1992 heroics," 24 May 2018 Yesterday at Kennedy Space Center, with 58 seconds left on the countdown clock, an automatic abort halted the maiden flight of SpaceX's Block 5 rocket, the newest and most powerful version of the Falcon 9. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Block 5 Lifts Off—SpaceX's Newest Rocket (Updated)," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of countdown

circa 1952, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of countdown

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

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