1. countdown

noun. ['ˈkaʊntˌdaʊn'] counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle).


  • count
  • reckoning
  • counting
  • numeration
  • enumeration


  • disagree
  • fall back
  • unearned run
  • earned run


  • count (English)
  • counten (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • down (English)
  • doun (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Countdown

  • ashdown
  • blastdown
  • breakdown
  • clampdown
  • closedown
  • comedown
  • crackdown
  • drawdown
  • godown
  • hillsdown
  • hoedown
  • knockdown
  • lansdowne
  • letdown
  • lockdown
  • lowdown
  • markdown
  • meltdown
  • piltdown
  • putdown

How do you pronounce countdown?

Pronounce countdown as ˈkaʊntˌdaʊn.

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Sentences with countdown

1. Noun, singular or mass
Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with a winter wonderland of pretty paper.

2. Adjective
It has five basic modes: countdown timer, stopwatch, data recall, alarm and time.

Quotes about countdown

1. My second husband believed I had such a fickle attitude to friendship that each Friday he would update the list of my 'Top Ten' friends in the manner of a Top Of The Pops chart countdown.
- Julie Burchill