Origin of countdown
Words nearby countdown
How to use countdown in a sentence
There’s the promise of privacy, but it comes with a countdown.
To add a special pop to your countdown, give HGTV’s confetti pinata a spin.Make your own New Year’s ball, and 4 other family party ideas|Purbita Saha|December 31, 2020|Popular-Science
The warning soon changed to a 15-minute countdown, prompting some residents to flee.Nashville Police Chief says Anthony Q. Warner is a person of interest in the Christmas morning explosion|Derek Hawkins, Michael Kranish, Simone Sebastian, Meryl Kornfield|December 27, 2020|Washington Post
I was surprised by how nervous I was, watching the countdown clock tick down to launch.
Former Councilman Scott Sherman famously had a countdown of the number of days he had left in office.Politics Report: What the Dramatic Council President Contest Taught Us|Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts|December 12, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Dickens greeted the crowd, gave a few tips and instructions, then led us in a countdown from ten to one.
From Will Ferrell crashing a World Cup rally to a cliff dive Slip ‘n Slide, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.Will Ferrell Soccer Speech, Cliff Dive Slip ‘N Slides, and More Viral Videos|Alex Chancey|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From Kimmel and Kanye burying the hatchet to a telekinetic coffee shop surprise, WATCH our countdown.‘We Can’t Stop’ a Cappella, Coffee Shop Telekinesis & More Viral Videos|Natasha Bach|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Countdown is on, but, as Kate knows, babies come when they are ready...Kate's Last Day of Work Tomorrow Suggests Early July Due Date|Tom Sykes|June 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Or did I remember them creating a countdown calendar to the release date?‘Great Gatsby’ Reviewers Divided: Is Baz Luhrmann a Good Director?|Kevin Fallon|May 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By agreement, the countdown was to be broadcast to all aircraft over one of the airport frequencies.The Flaming Mountain|Harold Leland Goodwin
"Four minutes to final countdown," blockhouse control replied.
From the loud-speaker atop the massive block-house came the countdown.
I strap down on the couch which fills half the compartment, countdown begins and at zero the floor is suddenly down once more.The Lost Kafoozalum|Pauline Ashwell
During my countdown of five seconds you will build up to the greatest possible potential.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for countdown
Other Idioms and Phrases with countdown
Count backward from any number to zero to indicate time, as in The final seconds before take off were counted down: 10, 9, 8, etc. The down in this term refers to the decreasing size of the numbers. This usage originated in connection with the firing of missiles and spacecraft and has since been broadened to such events as the roll call of states at a political convention. [c. 1950]
Make final preparations for an event, as in Hong Kong was counting down to the day when it became part of mainland China. This usage is derived from def. 1. [Late 1950s]