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

Definition of touchdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 The 42-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown was Patrick Mahomes-like, with Jackson turning his body to throw a jump pass. Mike Preston,, 20 Sep. 2021 The Bulldogs, winners of four straight matchups against the Bruins, needed less than a minute to go three-quarters of the field to score the game-winning touchdown with 14 seconds left. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 Thompson final throw was the 54-yard touchdown to Thornton down the left sideline. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2021 Najee Harris turned into the first touchdown of his career., 19 Sep. 2021 Willis intercepted Stafford's pass over the middle in the first quarter after giving up the touchdown but the takeaway was one of the few bright spots of the day. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Sep. 2021 Franklin Pike scooped the ball and scored the game-winning touchdown as the clock expired. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2021 Medlock scored from two yards out for the first touchdown. Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2021 The touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Rachaad White. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, 18 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ida, now a tropical storm, is one of the strongest hurricanes on record to touch down in Louisiana. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 30 Aug. 2021 The hope is that with a better sense of when a tornado will touch down, officials can warn the public earlier and increase locals’ trust about the severity of the coming danger. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2021 That was 9 hours 21 minutes after my United Airlines flight landed at Narita International Airport, the longest time between touch down and hotel arrival among our 16-person Olympics contingent. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 Faced with a string of challenges, Phipps, who is highly respected for his abstract sculptures and paint pigment drawings, overcame a pandemic and thousands of miles of shipping to see his sculpture finally touch down in Boca Raton. Brett Shweky,, 22 June 2021 The helipad at the Benetti shipyard, where customers can touch down to check on their vessels mid-build. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2021 The samples should touch down in a desert in the American West—most likely one in Utah—as early as 2031. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 6 Aug. 2021 This October and December, the party will touch down in the States for a trio of shows in New York, Miami (at Art Basel) and Los Angeles. Katie Bain, Billboard, 13 July 2021 The mission calls for Starliner to remain 10 days in orbit, undock from the ISS and touch down on land in the western U.S. Richard Tribou,, 24 June 2021

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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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The first known use of touchdown was in 1856

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“Touchdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of touchdown

: 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
: 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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