countdown

noun
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

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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countdown

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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

countdown

noun
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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