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Princeton's WordNet

  1. countdownnoun

    counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle)


  1. countdownnoun

    A count backward in fixed units to the time of some event, especially the launch of a space vehicle

  2. countdownnoun

    The acts of preparation carried out during this period

  3. countdownnoun

    A radio or television program counting down the top songs of a given week, usually in reverse order ending with the No. 1.

  4. countdownverb

    To count down


  1. Countdown

    A countdown is a sequence of counting backward to indicate the seconds, days, or other time units remaining before an event occurs or a deadline expires. The "T" in T-minus stands for "Test". Some events for which a countdown is used include the launch of a rocket or spacecraft, the detonation of a bomb, the start of a race, or the start of the New Year. In an early attestation of a countdown, it started a rowing race at Cambridge University. The first known association with rockets was in the 1929 German science fiction movie Die Frau im Mond by Fritz Lang to increase the drama of the launch sequence of the story's lunar rocket.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of countdown in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of countdown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of countdown in a Sentence

  1. Shunichi Miyanaga:

    We are working without pause to deliver the first aircraft to ANA in 2020. It is the beginning of a countdown, not only to the first delivery but to a new era for the industry.

  2. Ziad Khoury:

    We're in the final countdown, when it comes to security, it's not about numbers of people. It's about the quality, coordination and extra tools at your disposal.

  3. Maria Taylor:

    So thankful to Jimmy and all of my great teammates and friends at the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women's and Men's college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family — the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up, words are inadequate to express my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud.

  4. David Madden:

    The countdown to the ECB meeting begins and the poor inflation and core inflation numbers from the euro zone points to more easing from (ECB president) Mario Draghi.

  5. Alexis Tsipras:

    A frenzy of fear-mongering with the responsibility of the Prime Minister himself is a final spasm before the end, the countdown for the ruling coalition and its catastrophic policies has already started.

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  • отброяванеBulgarian
  • odpočítáváníCzech
  • nedtællingDanish
  • Zeitkontrolle, CountdownGerman
  • αντίστροφη μέτρησηGreek
  • cuenta regresiva, cuenta atrásSpanish
  • lähtölaskentaFinnish
  • décompte, décompter, top 50, compte à rebours, hit-paradeFrench
  • ספירה לאחורHebrew
  • conto alla rovesciaItalian
  • カウントダウンJapanese
  • одбројува, одбројувањеMacedonian
  • aftellen, aftellingDutch
  • odliczaniePolish
  • contagem regressiva, retrocontagemPortuguese
  • denumărare, numărare regresivă, numărare inversăRomanian
  • обратный счёт, счёт в обратном направлении, отсчёт, обратный отсчётRussian
  • odštevati, odštevanjeSlovene
  • nedräkning, räkna nedSwedish
  • นับถอยหลังThai
  • 倒数Chinese

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