Definition of touch down in English:

touch down

phrasal verb

  • 1Rugby
    Touch the ground with the ball behind the opponents' goal line, scoring a try.

    • ‘Francis Meli was twice denied tries by forward passes and scrum-half Lance Hohaia would have touched down, but he grounded the ball short of the line after a fine run and dive.’
    • ‘The pair swapped roles for the second try when Cain, playing at scrum-half, provided the pass for loose forward Ball to touch down under the sticks.’
    • ‘A try is scored in the usual way by touching down the rugby ball.’
    • ‘But this sparked the Welsh into life and they scored a wonderful try of their own when scrum-half Gareth Cooper touched down after a flowing passage of play.’
    • ‘He clearly had both feet off the ground as he touched down and I think we got what we deserved.’
    1. 1.1American Football Score six points by being in possession of the ball behind the opponents' goal line.
      • ‘If he crossed the goal line near the sideline, a runner might try to fight his way toward the middle before touching down so as to get a better angle.’
  • 2(of an aircraft or spacecraft) land.

    ‘his plane touched down at Nice airport’
    • ‘When his aircraft touched down at Shannon Airport he failed to appear from his vodka-induced slumbers to greet his Irish hosts.’
    • ‘Investigators will want to know if the aircraft touched down in the proper place, if other planes had difficulty braking and if pilots were warned of waterlogging.’
    • ‘This is followed by the bump and lurch as the aircraft touches down and the engines roar into full reverse.’
    • ‘We were still turning as we approached, dangerously close to the ground, and touched down heavily.’
    • ‘At first no one thought the spacecraft had even touched down and that's what was reported globally.’
    • ‘Tailwheel aircraft might actually touch down tailwheel-first.’
    • ‘The aircraft may have also touched down at a sideways angle.’
    • ‘Air Force One delivers the American President, and whenever this enormous aircraft touches down or takes off a powerful statement is made.’
    • ‘Both engines quit due to fuel starvation when the aircraft touched down.’
    • ‘The areas where the aircraft touched down began to crack and crumble.’
    land, alight, come in to land, come down, come to earth, come to rest, put down, make a landing, arrive
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