Definition of touchdown in English:

touchdown

noun

  • 1The moment at which an aircraft's wheels or part of a spacecraft make contact with the ground during landing:

    ‘two hours until touchdown’
    • ‘On touchdown, all three landing gears were sheared and the aircraft underside was substantially damaged.’
    • ‘After touchdown, the aircraft's drag chute malfunctioned during deployment.’
    • ‘The model's tough, trailing link gear system absorbs most reasonable impacts and even some unreasonable ones to smooth the most ham-handed touchdowns.’
    • ‘Grandma remarked that she didn't even feel our touchdown and would fly with me anywhere.’
    • ‘The copilot watered my eyes with an excellent landing; and at touchdown, CITS flagged the anti-skid system.’
    • ‘After the second touchdown, the aircraft began to track to the left and the left wing tip contracted the terrain.’
    • ‘The shuttle was on its way home at last, and fast approaching its designated landing site with 10 minutes left until touchdown.’
    • ‘In addition, don't forget about the wind: The more wind there is, the better off you'll be because of the slower touchdown.’
    • ‘After a smooth touchdown, the Fort rolled down the runway.’
    • ‘From letdown to touchdown, settling the airplane on the runway is a true art.’
    • ‘At touchdown, the platform securely captures the landing gear and then lowers the fighter to the mother ship's backbone.’
    • ‘As the aircraft approached touchdown, I hoped for the best, feared for the worst, and quietly, crossed my fingers.’
    • ‘Don't just fly the aircraft to touchdown; fly it to your parking spot.’
    • ‘I keep the trim moving and the power up to try to cushion the actual touchdown, and most of my landings are acceptable, if not always worth bragging about.’
    • ‘It was only a few short moments before touchdown that disaster struck.’
    • ‘The gear lights came on just before touchdown as the aircraft firmly settled to the runway at full power.’
    • ‘Tailwinds produce excessive rolling speeds prior to lifting off and following touchdown.’
    • ‘Swiss, American and Belgian airlines made regular touchdowns at the airport.’
    • ‘I said we required immediate landing and assistance on touchdown.’
    • ‘The pilot gets into a small bit of leftover wake turbulence, the rental aircraft wobbles just before touchdown and a wingtip catches the runway.’
    alighting, arrival, coming in, deplaning
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  • 2Rugby
    An act of touching the ground with the ball behind the opponents' goal line, scoring a try:

    ‘he scored two touchdowns’
    • ‘Nine penalties later and in the third minute of injury time, they finally scored the touchdown they needed, Graham getting his hands on the ball in yet another pile-up.’
    • ‘He chipped on to force a touchdown behind the line and from the five metre scrum Ilkley were rewarded with another penalty.’
    • ‘If the nine-year-old half-back scores seven tries in the final tournament of the season, he will break the record for the most touchdowns scored in a single season of club rugby league at all age levels.’
    • ‘Rogers and Burke scored two tries each in the opening 40 minutes when Romania also scored a touchdown.’
    • ‘Although swamped, the visitors had the satisfaction of Gareth Marks scoring three touchdowns, while Adrian Owen also caught the eye.’
    1. 2.1American Football A six-point score made by carrying or passing the ball into the end zone of the opposing side.
      • ‘Hopefully we get a bunch of touchdowns from both sides.’
      • ‘Sure enough, the Cowboys moved the ball and scored a touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Staubach to Ron Springs.’
      • ‘On one play, Hammonds snuck into the end zone for a touchdown - and took such a wallop from an opponent that he broke the helmet he and Foley shared.’
      • ‘So far he has roamed center field more than usual, breaking up potential touchdowns in the end zone on three occasions and delivering big hits in almost every game.’
      • ‘He has 54 yards on nine carries with a touchdown at last check.’

Pronunciation:

touchdown

/ˈtʌtʃdaʊn/