Definition of takeoff
1a : a rise or leap from a surface in making a jump or flight or an ascent in an aircraft or in the launching of a rocketb : an action of starting outc : a rapid rise in activity, growth, or popularity an economic takeoff
2 : an imitation especially in the way of caricature
3a : a spot at which one takes offb : a starting point : point of departure
4 : an action of removing something
5 : a mechanism for transmission of the power of an engine or vehicle to operate some other mechanism
Examples of takeoff in a Sentence
Please remain seated during takeoff.
Air Force One, you're ready for takeoff.
All the high jumpers had flawless takeoffs.
Recent Examples of takeoff from the Web
An American Airlines plane veered off of a runway at the San Antonio airport during takeoff on Saturday morning and got stuck in the mud, authorities said.
Authorities say an American Airlines plane veered off of a runway at the San Antonio airport during takeoff and is stuck in the mud.
The Boeing 737, bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, aborted takeoff for undetermined reasons and veered off the runway at a low speed, Coello said.
The Chicago Aviation Department said Flight 1738 to Miami departed about 7:45 a.m. and reported the engine issue after takeoff.
David Henderson, a passenger who had intended to fly home to Bangkok, Thailand, told NBC News that the plane was still ascending after takeoff when a male passenger began running up and down the aisle from the back of the plane.
Flight MH128 to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne was forced to turn back shortly after takeoff late Wednesday after a 25-year-old Australian citizen tried to enter the cockpit while claiming to have a backpack bomb, airline officials and police said....
ICE officials were the first to get out of the vehicles to unload the buses and prepare the MD-83 plane that holds more than 100 people for takeoff.
The crew had to prep for takeoff the old fashioned way, without computers to aid them.
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First Known Use of takeoff
TAKEOFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of takeoff for English Language Learners
: the moment when an airplane, helicopter, etc., leaves the ground and begins to fly
: the beginning of a jump
: a sudden increase in size, activity, or popularity
TAKEOFF Defined for Kids
Definition of takeoff for Students
1 : an act or instance of leaving the ground (as by an airplane)
2 : an imitation especially to mock the original
3 : a spot at which something leaves the ground
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