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
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.
Richardson caught 15 passes in those four games for 213 yards and two touchdowns, and made a few circus catches in the two playoff games against Detroit and Atlanta.
The touchdown was farther down the runway than the 3,000 feet NTSB had initially estimated in a preliminary report Nov. 22.
That included a 22-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Daniels on the last play of a loss to the Patriots and a 16-yard scoring strike to Cameron Meredith the following week against the Chiefs.
During the 2015 NFL season, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton unleashed the dab during a touchdown celebration against the Tennessee Titans and sparked a craze that swept around the globe.
Williams and Drake combined for 589 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 80 offensive touches last year.
This backup QB is more excited than the player who actually scored the touchdown:
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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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