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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
First recorded in 1860-65; touch + down1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


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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