Touchdown meaning

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An act of carrying, receiving, or gaining possession of the ball across the opponent's goal line for a score of six points.
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The contact, or moment of contact, of a landing aircraft or spacecraft with the landing surface.
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A scoring play, worth six points, in which a player reaches the opponent's end zone with the ball.
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(American football, Canadian football) A six-point score occurring when the ball enters possession of a team's player in the opponent's end zone. Analogous to a try in rugby.

Today I scored my first touchdown.

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(aviation) The moment when an aircraft or spacecraft makes first or final contact with the ground during a landing.

The passengers audibly relaxed at touchdown.

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(rugby) A try.
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Origin of touchdown

  • From the earlier practice of touching the ball to the ground behind the goal line
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • touch +"Ž down.
    From Wiktionary