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Definition of the noun countdown

What does countdown mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: countdowns

  1. counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle)
    • examples: Take it seriously! The school festival won't wait for us. We're already in the final countdown. | Stop the countdown. | The countdown has started.
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: count / counting / enumeration / numeration / reckoning / tally = the act of counting

Alternative definition of the noun countdown


  1. A count backward in fixed units to the time of some event, especially the launch of a space vehicle
  2. The acts of preparation carried out during this period
  3. [slang] A radio or television program counting down the top songs of a given week, usually in reverse order ending with the No. 1.

Definition of the verb countdown

What does countdown mean as a doing word?


  1. [nonstandard] To count down


  1. "Countdown" is a Russian action movie directed by Yevgeny Lavrentyev with a $7 million budget, which was huge for Russia of that time, and released in Moscow in December 2004.
  2. "Countdown" is a 1968 film directed by Robert Altman, based on the novel The Pilgrim Project by Hank Searls. It stars James Caan and Robert Duvall as astronauts vying to be the first American to walk on the Moon as part of a crash program to beat the Soviet Union.
  3. "Countdown" is a 1996 crime mystery and thriller film written and directed by Keoni Waxman.
  4. "Countdown" is a 2011 caper film that takes the audience on an entertaining journey through the underbelly of South Korea. Starring two of the country's top actors Jeon Do-yeon and Jung Jae-young, this highly assured debut feature by Huh Jong-ho premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
  5. "Countdown" is a 2012 horror film written and directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya.
  6. "Countdown" a.k.a. "Moscow Mission" is a Russian action movie directed by Vadim Smelyov. The movie was released in Moscow in 2006.
  7. "Countdown" is a 2011 animated short film written and directed by Celine Desrumaux.
  8. "Countdown" is a 2004 documentary film written and directed by Audrius Stonys.
  9. "Countdown" is a short film, directed by Kevin Glynn.
  10. "Countdown" is a 2005 short film directed by Xochitl Gonzalez.
  11. "Countdown" is a 1990 film directed by Ulrike Ottinger.
    • country: Germany
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (25 years ago)

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Google previewTeach Like a Champion 2.0 (2014)

62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov

” Using Countdowns Effectively A countdown is a statement of a.

Google previewBelieving in a Media Culture (2000)

by Gretchen Hailer

Top Music Countdown is a quarterly resource produced by Cornerstone Media. Its one-of-a-kind poster gives the twenty-five top songs within a three-month period and critiques each in relation to Christian values. The material also gives ideas ...

Google previewTo Cut a Long Story Short (2013)

by Jeffrey Archer

” —C0sm0p0litan “The countdown is the thing:...

Google previewAmitav Ghosh (2003)

A Critical Study by Shubha Tiwari

Countdown is a deeply psychologically revealing analysis of the attitudes that lead to extreme animosity, abhorrence and suspicion between these two neighbouring countries. The politicians want to avert every future crisis by building an ...

Google previewIf It Was Not For Terrorism (2011)

Crisis, Compromise, and Elite Discourse in the Age of “War on Terror” by Banu Baybars Hawks, Lami Baruh

The countdown is a rhetoric of submission to the authority of ...

Google previewA Cinema of Loneliness (2011)

by Robert Kolker

Countdown is a studio film and gives no idea of what Altman was to do, though it does offer an example of the early work of two major seventies' actors, James Caan and Robert Duvall. The film would hardly be worth mentioning were it not an ...

Google previewUlrike Ottinger (2008)

The Autobiography of Art Cinema by Laurence A. Rickels

Countdown is the document of the ten days leading to unification of the two German currencies. The American or global term countdown was first introduced in the 1950s in the United States. A 1969 American film about the space race already ...

Google previewDC Comics Encyclopedia

DC Countdown Cover to DC Countdown. Art by Jim Lee and Alex Ross. Publication information Publisher DC Comics Format One-shot Genre Superhero Publication date May 2005 Number of issues 1 Creative team Writer(s) Geoff Johns ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Space (2009)

by Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest

COUNTDOWN THE FINAL PART OP EVERY LAUNCH CAMPAIGN begins when all the separate components arrive at the launch center to be assembled into the launch vehicle. The launch campaign for Ariane 5, for example, begins 21 days ...

Google previewJim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength 2nd Edition (2014)

by Stoppani, Jim

Countdown. Cycle. Although all the basic strength training programs have some form of gradual progression wherethe reps performedat each workout decrease overtime, thecountdown cycle uses acorresponding system that matches sets, ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio (2010)

by Christopher H. Sterling, Cary O'Dell

isthelongestrunningnational music countdown broadcast on American radio during the rock era. In its 30 year history, the show has undergone a series of personnel and ownership changes.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Radio 3-Volume Set (2004)

by Christopher H. Sterling

is the longest running national music countdown broadcaston American radio during the rockera.In its 30year history, the show has undergoneaseries ofpersonnel andownership changes. ThefirstAT40 show aired ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1987)

Volume 18 - Supplement 3: Computers in SPateflight: The NASA Experience by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

A projected fleet of three orbiters would be limited to a maximum 2-week turnaround between flights and a 2- hour countdown in order to achieve that many firings39. Compared to the 5-month checkout of a Saturn V and its 3-day countdowns, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Social Movements (2015)

by Immanuel Ness

Countdown. in. Tennessee. The fight in Tennessee began on June 19, when Tennessean Sue Shelton White, a close colleague of Alice Paul, sent Governor Albert H. Roberts, a Democrat, a letter requesting a special session of the legislature.

Google previewCRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Second Edition (2002)

by Eric W. Weisstein

edu/~hales/ countdown/. Hales, T. C. "An Overview of the Kepler Conjecture." http:// www. Hales, T. C. "Recent Progress on the ...

Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

countdown Period of crisis before a decision or event; the last few days before an election. The word was popularized as the nation watched televised rocket blast-offs from ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Space Age (2010)

by Paul Dickson

countdown naut used the word while in outer space and millions of people heard it on TV and radio. Copacetic was widely reported in newspapers and magazines and was so commonly used thereafter that it made it into the 1982 edition of ...

Google previewDictionary of Television and Audiovisual Terminology (1998)

by Moshe Moshkovitz

countdown A count backward to the ...

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