touchdown

noun touch·down \ ˈtəch-ˌdau̇n \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of touchdown

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)

Examples of touchdown in a Sentence

  1. What was the plane's speed at touchdown?

Recent Examples of touchdown from the Web

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First Known Use of touchdown

1856


touch down

verb

Definition of touch down

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

Examples of touch down in a Sentence

  1. the plane will touch down in about 30 minutes

Recent Examples of touch down from the Web

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First Known Use of touch down

1859

touch down Synonyms

Synonyms
land, light, perch, roost, settle, alight
Antonyms
blast off, take off
Related Words
belly-land, crash-land
Near Antonyms
arise, ascend, climb, rise; float, fly, glide, plane, soar, wing; hang, hover

TOUCHDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

touchdown

noun

Definition of touchdown for English Language Learners

  • 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


TOUCHDOWN Defined for Kids

touchdown

noun touch·down \ ˈtəch-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of touchdown for Students

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


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