lift·​off | \ ˈlift-ˌȯf How to pronounce liftoff (audio) \

Definition of liftoff

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

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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 on the Web So there is this sense of like liftoff in some way. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Space Launch Delta 45′s weather squadron predicts a 70% chance for good weather with liftoff winds the primary concern. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 Lunar liftoff occurred on April 23 at 8:26 p.m. EST. Julia Musto, Fox News, 16 Apr. 2022 With the picture-perfect liftoff, the crew officially began a 10-day journey that will include eight days aboard the International Space Station. Chelsea Gohd, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2022 And a North Korean missile exploded just after liftoff earlier today in an apparent failure. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2022 No such sympathy is forthcoming now -- even with the S&P 500 stuck in correction territory days before the central bank’s rates liftoff. Katherine Greifeld,, 12 Mar. 2022 The full-size Starships are massive — taller than NASA’s past and present moon rockets, with approximately double the liftoff thrust. NBC News, 11 Feb. 2022 The reusable first stage, meanwhile, flipped around, restarted three engines to reverse course and flew itself back to Vandenberg, touching down at Landing Zone 4 about eight minutes after liftoff. William Harwood, CBS News, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of liftoff

circa 1956, in the meaning defined above

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lift one's gaze

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7 May 2022

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“Liftoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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lift·​off | \ ˈlift-ˌȯf How to pronounce liftoff (audio) \

Kids Definition of liftoff

: a vertical takeoff (as by a rocket)

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