Definition of touchdown in English:



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

    ‘two hours until touchdown’
    • ‘After the second touchdown, the aircraft began to track to the left and the left wing tip contracted the terrain.’
    • ‘After a smooth touchdown, the Fort rolled down the runway.’
    • ‘Grandma remarked that she didn't even feel our touchdown and would fly with me anywhere.’
    • ‘From letdown to touchdown, settling the airplane on the runway is a true art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tailwinds produce excessive rolling speeds prior to lifting off and following touchdown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, don't forget about the wind: The more wind there is, the better off you'll be because of the slower touchdown.’
    • ‘The gear lights came on just before touchdown as the aircraft firmly settled to the runway at full power.’
    • ‘At touchdown, the platform securely captures the landing gear and then lowers the fighter to the mother ship's backbone.’
    • ‘Swiss, American and Belgian airlines made regular touchdowns at the airport.’
    • ‘As the aircraft approached touchdown, I hoped for the best, feared for the worst, and quietly, crossed my fingers.’
    • ‘The copilot watered my eyes with an excellent landing; and at touchdown, CITS flagged the anti-skid system.’
    • ‘Don't just fly the aircraft to touchdown; fly it to your parking spot.’
    • ‘It was only a few short moments before touchdown that disaster struck.’
    • ‘On touchdown, all three landing gears were sheared and the aircraft underside was substantially damaged.’
    • ‘The shuttle was on its way home at last, and fast approaching its designated landing site with 10 minutes left until touchdown.’
    • ‘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.’
    alighting, arrival, coming in, deplaning
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  • 2American Football
    A six-point score made by carrying or passing the ball into the end zone of the opposing side, or by recovering it there following a fumble or blocked kick.

    • ‘He has 54 yards on nine carries with a touchdown at last check.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1Rugby An act of touching the ground with the ball behind the opponents' goal line, scoring a try.
      • ‘Although swamped, the visitors had the satisfaction of Gareth Marks scoring three touchdowns, while Adrian Owen also caught the eye.’
      • ‘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.’