- 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
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Examples from the Web for touchdown
He caught eight passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in an overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills last weekend.The NFL Is Full of Ray Rices
September 9, 2014
They need to drive 88 yards to score a touchdown and be able to force over time.Seahawks-Broncos and 7 Other Thrilling Super Bowl Matchups
February 6, 2014
He could have really screwed up my score by leading his team to a touchdown.
Minutes into the fourth quarter, despite a Denver touchdown and two-point conversion, the game of the year was all but over.
The kick was predictably short, and Auburn unpredictably returned it for a touchdown.Alabama Coach Nick Saban’s Folly: Great Coaches Protect Their Players
December 2, 2013
Williams missed the goal after the touchdown by some ten yards.
With Williams out of the game it was a touchdown or nothing.
It seemed after I'd made that touchdown that he'd ought to let me play the game out.
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
- 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 zoneAbbreviation: TD See also field goal (def. 2)
- (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
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Word Origin and History for touchdown
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