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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
1860-1865
1860-65; touch + down1
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  • 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.
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  • The maps below illustrate the tornado touchdown points and tornado tracks.
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
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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
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