Definition of liftoff
: a vertical takeoff by an aircraft or a rocket vehicle or missile
Examples of liftoff in a Sentence
a series of successful liftoffs
Thousand of spectators gathered to watch the liftoff of the space shuttle.
Recent Examples of liftoff from the Web
About two minutes and 46 seconds after liftoff, the engines shut down and the first stage fell away.
The Air Force has approved a potential liftoff at 7:35 p.m., at the opening of a nearly one-hour window at pad 39A. No weather forecast was available.
With just 10 seconds to go before liftoff, the on-board computers detected some issue within the rocket's guidance, navigation, and control system.
About 7 minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first-stage booster returned to earth and landed on a floating platform on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, while the rocket's second stage continued to carry the satellites toward orbit.
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The first-stage booster flown Saturday afternoon was brand new, and as is now the custom, returned to Cape Canaveral following liftoff for a successful vertical touchdown.
The first-stage booster will aim for a landing at Cape Canaveral following liftoff.
The first-stage booster flown Saturday was new, and as is now the custom, was returned to Cape Canaveral following liftoff for a successful vertical touchdown.
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First Known Use of liftoff
LIFTOFF Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of liftoff for Students
: a vertical takeoff (as by a rocket)
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