- 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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Examples from the Web for liftoff
She watched the liftoff from a boat floating down the Banana River near the launch site in Florida.Moon Men: The Private Lives of Neil Armstrong and Pals in “Togethersville”
September 1, 2012
They tell Sandra McElwaine about their orbital road trip ahead of Scott's liftoff this week.Twins in Space!
October 3, 2010
- 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
Word Origin and History for liftoff
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper