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

alight, land, light, perch, roost, settle

Antonyms: Verb

blast off, take off

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Examples of touchdown in a Sentence


What was the plane's speed at touchdown?


the plane will touch down in about 30 minutes

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Adams caught a touchdown pass during a preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans TE Jerell Adams has big game against Packers," 9 Aug. 2019 Hodges threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tevin Jones with 14:15 remaining in the Steelers' 30-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Mark Inabinett |, al, "See Samford’s Devlin Hodges toss TD pass in pro debut," 9 Aug. 2019 Carr came out firing on the first play, connecting with receiver Marcell Ateman for a touchdown pass as safety John Johnson defended. Los Angeles Times, "Rams and Raiders literally fight it out during practice preceding preseason opener," 8 Aug. 2019 His 89 career touchdown passes is third in Northern Kentucky history. James Weber,, "Highlands to honor Jared Lorenzen with jersey retirement, hall of fame induction," 7 Aug. 2019 As a senior, Conrad caught 30 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Even with C.J. Conrad gone, Kentucky football has plenty of depth at tight end," 1 Aug. 2019 Shaw chipped in 457 yards and five touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sidelined since the ’17 regular-season finale, Bradrick Shaw believes he is ready to run," 1 Aug. 2019 Hurts had already tied the game with a touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy when another Bulldog drive stalled after one first down. Michael Casagrande |,, "The long shadow Alabama casts on Georgia," 16 July 2019 Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with his Minnesota counterpart and leading the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams to a 38-31 victory over the Vikings on Thursday night. Greg Beacham, Fox News, "Rams top Vikings, 38-31, as Goff throws for 465 yards, 5 TDs," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jenner and her family touched down in Italy last Tuesday, August 6, to celebrate the beauty mogul’s 22nd birthday. Robyn Merrett,, "Kylie Jenner Yells 'I'm So Scared' as She Leaps Off Yacht During European Birthday Vacation," 13 Aug. 2019 This past weekend, celebrities and beauty aficionados alike touched down at the Los Angeles Convention Center for Beautycon LA. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Jhené Aiko’s Ink Gave Us Tattoo Inspiration At Beautycon LA," 12 Aug. 2019 Most previous lunar landers have touched down near the moon’s equator, but the south pole’s unexplored craters and ice deposits are of growing interest to scientists and explorers. Shashank Bengali,, "India’s first attempted moon landing heralds a new global space race," 14 July 2019 The second Marion County tornado touched down near Brookville Road and East Raymond Street at 7:37 p.m. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "10 tornadoes touched down in Indiana, the weather service says. Here's the all-time record," 18 June 2019 A day after touching down on the Louisiana coast — becoming the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season — Barry was shifting toward the north, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Barry lumbers north across Louisiana," 14 July 2019 Accelerate3D is one of 10 tech and manufacturing startups that touched down in Hartford on Monday as part of a business accelerator sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars. Slade Rand,, "Tech innovators arrive in Hartford for 13-week summer startup ‘accelerator’ sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars," 16 July 2019 But the Dodgers, not looking like a club that touched down after 4 a.m., kept coming and coming on their way to a 16-2 shellacking. Los Angeles Times, "Cody Bellinger powers merciless Dodgers to blowout win over Phillies," 15 July 2019 After a second day of review, the team determined an EF-0 tornado touched down near Mustang Trails Park, reaching peak wind speeds of 85 mph. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Was it a tornado or straight-line winds? Here’s what survey teams look for after a storm," 20 June 2019

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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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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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