countdown

[[t]ka͟ʊntdaʊn[/t]]
N-SING: also no det
A countdown is the counting aloud of numbers in reverse order before something happens, especially before a spacecraft is launched.

The countdown has begun for the launch later today of the American space shuttle...

There were three more things to do before countdown.


English dictionary. 2008.

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