touch·​down | \ ˈtəch-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce touchdown (audio) \

Definition of touchdown

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1 : the act of touching a football to the ground behind an opponent's goal specifically : the act of scoring six points in American football by being lawfully in possession of the ball on, above, or behind an opponent's goal line when the ball is declared dead
2 : the act or moment of touching down (as with an airplane or spacecraft)

touch down

touched down; touching down; touches down

Definition of touch down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to reach the ground : land

transitive verb

: to place (the ball in rugby) by hand on the ground on or over an opponent's goal line in scoring a try or behind one's own goal line as a defensive measure

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Synonyms & Antonyms for touchdown

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of touchdown in a Sentence

Noun What was the plane's speed at touchdown? Verb the plane will touch down in about 30 minutes
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For Cathedral defensive end Jayden Scruggs, a second-half Jake Langdon touchdown run reminded and motivated the Irish to finish the second half with McCullough in mind. Caleb Lynn, The Indianapolis Star, "Cathedral senior night win and 5-0 start has a greater purpose," 19 Sep. 2020 The Hurricanes have had to replace Jarren Williams, who set a school record with six touchdown passes against U of L last year, but the Cardinals’ defense continues to bear a bigly burden of proof. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Local media make their picks for Saturday's Cardinals-Hurricanes game," 19 Sep. 2020 Gerrid Doaks punched the ball in for a one-yard touchdown, and UC's running backs accounted for 53 yards on the drive. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati football: UC Bearcats vs. Austin Peay in Week 1," 19 Sep. 2020 Ian Book threw for 263 yards and a touchdown in the win. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "How to watch No. 7 Notre Dame vs. South Florida (9/19/20): Free live streams, TV options, live score updates, odds," 19 Sep. 2020 Taylor, who took the opening kickoff 90 yards down the home sideline, separated from a defender early in the second quarter and hauled in a deep pass on a post route for a 73-yard touchdown. J.c. Carnahan,, "Orange City University wins first on-campus football game," 19 Sep. 2020 Atwell, a Miami native that attended Northwestern High, had 142 receiving yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, against Miami last year, while Hawkins ran for 91 yards in that game as a freshman. David Furones,, "Game time: Fast facts, keys to No. 17 Miami Hurricanes at No. 18 Louisville," 18 Sep. 2020 The Bears inside linebacker had some rough moments in the opener, including the second-to-last play of the game when D’Andre Swift blew by him for what could have been the winning touchdown — if Swift hadn’t dropped the football. Dan Wiederer,, "4 things to watch when the Chicago Bears host the Giants, including Robert Quinn’s status, a defensive rebound and Mitch Trubisky’s Week 2 task," 18 Sep. 2020 If a running back breaks free for a long touchdown, the play may take longer than 6 seconds. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football coaches must lead players, stop whining about wearing masks," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of the first celebrities to touch down in Italy for the festival, however, is Tilda Swinton. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Tilda Swinton Kicks Off the Venice Film Festival in Head-to-Toe Chanel," 1 Sep. 2020 In October, the spacecraft will actually reach the asteroid's surface and use its sampling arm to touch down for five seconds. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission prepares for touchdown on an asteroid," 15 Aug. 2020 The storm’s center is predicted to touch down anywhere between Corpus Christi and southeast Louisiana. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Tropical depression 14 could be a hurricane when it hits Gulf Coast," 21 Aug. 2020 Its capsules will touch down in the U.S. Southwest desert. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "SpaceX brings astronauts home, ending historic mission," 2 Aug. 2020 Its capsules will touch down in the U.S. Southwest desert. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, "SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years," 2 Aug. 2020 The spacecraft is expected to touch down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on Sunday at 2:48 pm ET. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA-SpaceX mission: Astronauts prep for splashdown from historic mission, despite tropical storm," 2 Aug. 2020 Trump is expected to touch down in the Sooner State – one of the reddest states in the nation – around dinnertime and host his first rally since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'Turning point' or massive risk? Trump gambles with a rally in Tulsa that could shape his campaign," 20 June 2020 Trump is set to touch down Saturday evening for his first campaign rally since early March, before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "6 Trump campaign staff working on pivotal Tulsa rally test positive for coronavirus - live updates," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of touchdown


1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1859, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Touchdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of touchdown

American football : a score that is made by carrying the ball over the opponent's goal line or by catching the ball while standing in the end zone
rugby : the act of scoring points by putting the ball on the ground behind an opponent's goal line
: the moment when an airplane or spacecraft touches the ground at the end of a flight


touch·​down | \ ˈtəch-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce touchdown (audio) \

Kids Definition of touchdown

: a score made in football by carrying or catching the ball over the opponent's goal line

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