follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

touchdown

[tuhch-doun] /ˈtʌtʃˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
Football. an act or instance of scoring six points by being in possession of the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line.
2.
Rugby. the act of a player who touches the ball on or to the ground inside his own in-goal.
3.
the act or the moment of landing:
the aircraft's touchdown.
Origin of touchdown
1860-1865
1860-65; touch + down1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for touchdown
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Once again that half Kentfield made a touchdown, not as easily as at first, for Mooretown had waxed desperate, but it was made.

  • With Williams out of the game it was a touchdown or nothing.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • In the game with Harvard in the fall of '83, he kicked five goals, four being drop kicks and one from a touchdown.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • It seemed after I'd made that touchdown that he'd ought to let me play the game out.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • A little clever dodging here and there would mean a touchdown and six points for Regal.

    A Boy Knight Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
British Dictionary definitions for touchdown

touchdown

/ˈtʌtʃˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the moment at which a landing aircraft or spacecraft comes into contact with the landing surface
2.
(rugby) the act of placing or touching the ball on the ground behind the goal line, as in scoring a try
3.
(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)
4.
(of a space vehicle, aircraft, etc) to land
5.
(rugby) to place the ball behind the goal line, as when scoring a try
6.
(informal) to pause during a busy schedule in order to catch up, reorganize, or rest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for touchdown
n.

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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for touchdown

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for touchdown

18
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for touchdown