touchdown

[tuhch-doun]

noun

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
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Related Words for touchdown

score, goal, arrival

Examples from the Web for touchdown

Contemporary Examples of touchdown

Historical Examples of touchdown

  • 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

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)

verb touch down (intr, 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
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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