- a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane.
- a taking off from a starting point, as in beginning a race.
- the place or point at which a person or thing takes off.
- a humorous or satirical imitation; burlesque.
- Machinery. a shaft geared to a main shaft for running auxiliary machinery.
- a branch connection to a pipe, electric line, etc.
Origin of takeoff
First recorded in 1820–30; noun use of verb phrase take off
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Examples from the Web for takeoff
An F-35 was destroyed on takeoff earlier in the year when a design flaw in its Pratt & Whitney F135 engine sparked a fire.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
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Prepare for takeoff, because quality vacation time will certainly boost your mood.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
As the pilots prepared for takeoff, Breman sensed their unease.The Original Ebola Hunter
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“They spoke for about fifteen minutes, until Lewin abruptly ended the call in preparation for takeoff,” writes Raskin.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 17, 2013
September 16, 2013
That was the beginning of the takeoff of his career—he made it before “Levels” and all of the other hits.Tiësto Picks His Eight Favorite Songs to Mark World AIDS Day
November 27, 2012
The takeoff isn't so nice, I'll admit, but after that you're just sailing free.Runaway
"This is as good a spot for takeoff as we'll find," he said to Sanchez.Wind
Charles Louis Fontenay
Might as well be cement for all the good it did me at takeoff.The Dope on Mars
John Michael Sharkey
He hustled Groverzb out to a freight ship that was warming up for takeoff.Quiet, Please
Shut the front damper—open the back one—then takeoff a griddle.The Ghosts
Robert G. Ingersoll
Word Origin and History for takeoff
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper