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 In fact, the Bears lost yardage that night and punted back to the Eagles to set up their game-winning touchdown drive. Rich Campbell,, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Week 2 win over the Broncos, including an offense that’s stuck and a defense that prevented huge chunk plays," 17 Sep. 2019 Coming out of the half, the quarterback piloted a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Albert Breer,, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 Junior-college transfer Tylan Morton finished out the game and led the Jaguars’ lone touchdown drive, but also fumbled the ball away and threw an interception. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Steve Campbell addresses South Alabama QB situation, injuries & new holder heading into UAB week," 16 Sep. 2019 On the touchdown drive, the Bears used receivers as running backs to gain big plays. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Talking Points: Crazy finish allows Chicago to win," 15 Sep. 2019 Manning completed all seven of his passes for 56 yards on the touchdown drive, which trimmed the Giants’ deficit to 21-14 with 11 minutes 56 seconds to play. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "Bills’ Josh Allen Feels Right at Home in Win Over Giants," 15 Sep. 2019 A week after putting up a perfect 158.3 QB rating, Prescott responded from an interception to lead Dallas on consecutive touchdown drives of 97, 83 and 75 yards. oregonlive, "Dallas Cowboys roll past Washington: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 The penalty was the first of five called against the Browns on the touchdown drive that put the Titans ahead, 10-6. Dan Labbe,, "Myles Garrett, Greg Robinson, Sheldon Richardson among Browns players fined from Week 1 loss," 14 Sep. 2019 Trailing 32-28 with three minutes left, Minnesota put together a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to edge Georgia Southern 35-32. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "After disasters, Gophers rally again to beat Georgia Southern 35-32," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In October 2016, Europe's small Schiaparelli lander entered the Martian atmosphere and attempted to touch down on the surface of the red planet. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Europe’s Mars lander parachute problems may be worse than thought," 10 Sep. 2019 In addition to setting a global first, a successful landing would have made India just the fourth country to touch down anywhere on the lunar surface, and only the third nation to operate a robotic rover there. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "India’s first lunar lander falls silent just before touchdown," 6 Sep. 2019 Modi had been in the mission control room when the lander was supposed to touch down. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Early signs are that India’s moon mission has failed," 6 Sep. 2019 That last part will be made possible thanks to Mars 2020's Sample Caching System, which will hold samples in anticipation of a human explorer touching down on the planet and returning them to Earth. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bicep Curls and Batteries: The Mars 2020 Rover Is Coming Together," 1 Aug. 2019 Over 33,000 people in Massachusetts are without power after a tornado with wind speeds up to 110 mph touched down in Cape Cod on Tuesday. Fox News, "Tornado hits Cape Cod leaving more than 33,000 residents without power," 24 July 2019 The eighth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program, Apollo 14 was the third to land on the Moon and the first to touch down in the lunar highlands. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Across Indiana, trees are growing from seeds that went to the Moon. Here's where you can find them.," 17 July 2019 The singer slash actress touched down at the airport in Nice, France, wearing all-white. Vogue, "Selena Gomez Kicks Off Cannes With a Luxurious Airport Look," 13 May 2019 This led to at least three tornadoes touching down across South Florida. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Three-inch hail and multiple tornadoes raked the Sunshine State on Tuesday," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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