countdown countdown  /ˈkaʊnt ˌdaʊn/


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


  1. All those cameras, all those talking heads and the countdown clocks would guarantee the insane intimacy of this might-as-well-be-public execution.
  2. Chinese performers dance to welcome the one year countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


  1. Countdown begins for Rocket Boys Festival

    The Rocket Boys Festival countdown has begun — just 110 days left until the big weekend. Festival director Scott Hill met with the planning committee Friday to discuss a potential fundraiser plan, confirm weekend events, and discuss promotion for the festival.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Register-Herald

  2. Hypervelocity Stars - The Countdown #24

    The Countdown is a biweekly show highlighting the top space stories. In this episode: Lumpy Lunar Gravity, Curiosity's Next Journey, Tracking Space Warps, Smallest Galaxy Ever Found, and Hypervelocity Stars
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Scientific American

  3. Captain Countdown: Just one more day of delays

    The countdown begins for Cleveland drivers dealing with all those delays. Just one more day before movie crews move on and the West Shoreway finally re-opens to traffic. 
    on June 14, 2013     Source: 19 Action News Cleveland

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  1. "I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and insight of football with the fans of the NFL," Smith said in a statement released by the network. "I am excited to be joining the ESPN family, particularly the highly respected Countdown...
    on Mar 12, 2007 By: Emmitt Smith Source: Forbes

  2. "It's not a countdown yet, not close enough yet," Bonds said. "When it's about 750, that's when we can count down. Not any time soon. Hope it's not the end of September. You can all leave and come back then."
    on Apr 4, 2007 By: Barry Bonds Source: Forbes

  3. Ms Vorderman said she was allowing her manager to release the statement "so that the Countdown viewers and all the team know the truth".
    on Jul 26, 2008 By: Carol Vorderman Source:

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