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[tuhch-doun] /ˈtʌtʃˌdaʊn/
Football. an act or instance of scoring six points by being in possession of the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line.
Rugby. the act of a player who touches the ball on or to the ground inside his own in-goal.
the act or the moment of landing:
the aircraft's touchdown.
Origin of touchdown
1860-65; touch + down1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for touchdown
  • When she got there, she was agreeably surprised to discover a tidy store-a field goal, a touchdown.
  • touchdown marked the point where plane and terminator finally coincided.
  • The so-called experimental aircraft made a successful touchdown, but that's when things evidently went wrong.
  • He kept the ball and ran all the way to the touchdown.
  • Short of scoring a touchdown or going out of bounds, it's the only way a play can end.
  • The receiver catches it in stride for a touchdown-at which point the ball turns into a bouquet of roses.
  • There would be no need to maneuver or to adjust the approach for any reason other than to finesse the touchdown itself.
  • Of course when it came time to land, it would be a rough touchdown.
  • It machine-guns more than four shots per second, so you can catch that dramatic touchdown or market meltdown.
  • The maps below illustrate the tornado touchdown points and tornado tracks.
British Dictionary definitions for touchdown


the moment at which a landing aircraft or spacecraft comes into contact with the landing surface
(rugby) the act of placing or touching the ball on the ground behind the goal line, as in scoring a try
(American football) a scoring play worth six points, achieved by being in possession of the ball in the opposing team's end zone TD See also field goal (sense 2)
verb (intransitive, adverb)
(of a space vehicle, aircraft, etc) to land
(rugby) to place the ball behind the goal line, as when scoring a try
(informal) to pause during a busy schedule in order to catch up, reorganize, or rest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for touchdown

1864, from touch (v.) + down (adv.). Originally in rugby, where the ball is literally touched down on the other side of the goal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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