[ splash-doun ]
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  1. the landing of a space vehicle in a body of water, especially the ocean: The footage of Apollo 11's splashdown was seen by millions across the United States.

  2. the exact place where such a landing is made: The splashdown is expected to be American Samoa.

  1. the time of such a landing: The splashdown was 2:04 p.m.

verb phrasesplash down [splash-doun] /ˈsplæʃ ˈdaʊn/
  1. (of a spacecraft or an astronaut) to land in a body of water, especially the ocean: The crew of Expedition 55 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean exactly as predicted at 10:43 this morning.

Origin of splashdown

First recorded in 1955–60; splash + down1

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British Dictionary definitions for splashdown


/ (ˈsplæʃˌdaʊn) /

  1. the controlled landing of a spacecraft on water at the end of a space flight

  2. the time scheduled for this event

verbsplash down
  1. (intr, adverb) (of a spacecraft) to make a splashdown

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Other Idioms and Phrases with splashdown


Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]

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