Meaning of touch down in English:

touch down

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Translate touch down into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1(of an aircraft or spacecraft) land.

    ‘his plane touched down at Nice airport’
    • ‘the headquarters erupted in cheers as the rocket touched down’
    • ‘Tailwheel aircraft might actually touch down tailwheel-first.’
    • ‘This is followed by the bump and lurch as the aircraft touches down and the engines roar into full reverse.’
    • ‘The aircraft may have also touched down at a sideways angle.’
    • ‘The areas where the aircraft touched down began to crack and crumble.’
    • ‘Both engines quit due to fuel starvation when the aircraft touched down.’
    • ‘At first no one thought the spacecraft had even touched down and that's what was reported globally.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Air Force One delivers the American President, and whenever this enormous aircraft touches down or takes off a powerful statement is made.’
    • ‘When his aircraft touched down at Shannon Airport he failed to appear from his vodka-induced slumbers to greet his Irish hosts.’
    • ‘We were still turning as we approached, dangerously close to the ground, and touched down heavily.’
    land, alight, come in to land, come down, come to earth, come to rest, put down, make a landing, arrive
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    1. 1.1(of a tornado) make contact with the ground.
      • ‘at least five tornadoes touched down in Iowa last night’
  • 2Rugby
    Touch the ground with the ball behind the opponents' goal line, scoring a try.

    ‘he ran clear and touched down between the posts’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He clearly had both feet off the ground as he touched down and I think we got what we deserved.’
    • ‘A try is scored in the usual way by touching down the rugby ball.’