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
Just before takeoff, all the lights went out in their plane.
The airport has two dirt runways, and the second-least aviation traffic of all the county’s airports, averaging fewer than 200 takeoffs and landings per month, Bell said.
Bad Gal RiRi is cleared for takeoff, and the skies just got a whole lot friendlier!
Below, 25 women including Iris Apfel, Roxane Gay, Joan Didion, and more share their fondest memories of traveling — from packing to takeoff.
Feinstein said the carrier began limiting sales on some flights to prevent the planes from exceeding maximum weight for safe takeoff in the hot conditions.
Joby Aviation, which has 70 employees in Bonny Doon building a vehicle with vertical takeoff and landing to avoid traffic jams, is looking for a pilot.
One of the 352nd's P-51s crashed on takeoff, killing the pilot, Bob Frascotti, who is now memorialized at the site of what was then Bodney Aerodrome, Polin said.
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.
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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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