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
What was the plane's speed at touchdown?
Recent Examples of touchdown from the Web
After carrying the ball 31 times over the first five weeks of last season, Ajayi took off, rushing for a total of 1,271 yards and eight touchdowns.
TOUCHDOWN TROJANSshould move forward off of her debut and is a contender.
Adams caught 51 passes for 690 yards and six touchdowns in eight games last season.
High school teams typically play 9-on-9 on 60-yard fields and are forced to always go for two points after a touchdown because there are no posts for field goals.
In his senior season, Jackson took two of his 11 punt returns for touchdowns.
Still, Howard only scored six rushing touchdowns, far less than Elliott's 15.
The first-stage booster flown Saturday afternoon was brand new, and as is now the custom, returned to Cape Canaveral following liftoff for a successful vertical touchdown.
Anquan Boldin, for example, was a late signee with Detroit last season who made about $3 million and caught 67 passes for 584 yards and eight touchdowns at age 36.
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First Known Use of touchdown
TOUCHDOWN Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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