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
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.
Fairly good weather is forecast for the 5:55 p.m. liftoff.
The liftoff will mark the 100th launch from Launch Complex 39A, which SpaceX now leases.
The successful liftoff marks the first time an orbital-class rocket has been launched from a private launch facility.
A half-dozen military and private rockets have blown up or malfunctioned shortly after liftoff in the past nine months.
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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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