- Aeronautics, Rocketry.
- the action of an aircraft in becoming airborne or of a rocket in rising from its launching site under its own power.
- the instant when such action occurs.
- Informal. the launching or commencement of a project, plan, etc.: The liftoff of the sales campaign will be next month.
- that removes by lifting off; capable of being lifted off: a liftoff correction tape for typewriters; magnetized, liftoff nameplates.
Origin of liftoff
First recorded in 1955–60; noun, adj. use of verb phrase lift off
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- the initial movement or ascent of a rocket from its launch pad
- the instant at which this occurs
- (intr, adverb) (of a rocket) to leave its launch pad
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Word Origin and History for lift off
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Idioms and Phrases with lift off
Begin flight, as in The spacecraft was due to lift off at ten o'clock. The off in this idiom means “off the ground.” [Late 1800s]
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