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[tuhch-doun]
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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

First recorded in 1860–65; touch + down1
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Examples from the Web for touchdown

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  • Williams missed the goal after the touchdown by some ten yards.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • 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

  • It was said afterward that a half-inch decided that touchdown.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • I guess there were as many as two hundred Chautauqua salutes after that touchdown.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch


British Dictionary definitions for touchdown

touchdown

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 zoneAbbreviation: TD See also field goal (def. 2)
verb touch down (intr, adverb)
  1. (of a space vehicle, aircraft, etc) to land
  2. rugby to place the ball behind the goal line, as when scoring a try
  3. 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

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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