liftoff

noun lift·off \ ˈlift-ˌȯf \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of liftoff

: a vertical takeoff by an aircraft or a rocket vehicle or missile

Examples of liftoff in a Sentence

  1. a series of successful liftoffs

  2. Thousand of spectators gathered to watch the liftoff of the space shuttle.

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First Known Use of liftoff

circa 1956

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liftoff Synonyms

Synonyms

blastoff, launch, takeoff;

Antonyms

landing;

Near Antonyms

crash;

splashdown;

Related Words

ascent;


LIFTOFF Defined for English Language Learners

liftoff

Definition of liftoff for English Language Learners

  • : the upward movement from the ground by a rocket, helicopter, or space vehicle as it begins flight


LIFTOFF Defined for Kids

liftoff

noun lift·off \ ˈlift-ˌȯf \

Definition of liftoff for Students

: a vertical takeoff (as by a rocket)


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