View synonyms for takeoff


or take-off

[ teyk-awf, -of ]


  1. a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane.
  2. a taking off from a starting point, as in beginning a race.
  3. the place or point at which a person or thing takes off.
  4. a humorous or satirical imitation; burlesque.
  5. Machinery. a shaft geared to a main shaft for running auxiliary machinery.
  6. a branch connection to a pipe, electric line, etc.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of takeoff1

First recorded in 1820–30; noun use of verb phrase take off
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Example Sentences

Sunday’s launch looked like it might not have been on track to go well at first, with an initial attempt seeing the rocket’s ignition light – but without a takeoff.

On Saturday, heavy rain in Jakarta delayed the takeoff for the 90-minute flight to Pontianak on the island of Borneo.

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It has a gross takeoff mass of 25,000kg—massive for an uncrewed aerial vehicle.

Last time around in May, Virgin Orbit’s flight went perfectly from takeoff through the separation of LauncherOne from the carrier aircraft.

It needs a runway at least 590 feet long for takeoff and 100 feet long for landings.

An F-35 was destroyed on takeoff earlier in the year when a design flaw in its Pratt & Whitney F135 engine sparked a fire.

Prepare for takeoff, because quality vacation time will certainly boost your mood.

Before takeoff, there were warning signs about the doctor's condition.

As the pilots prepared for takeoff, Breman sensed their unease.

The hybrid aircraft have a vertical takeoff and landing capability.

He braced himself, knowing the siren was the last warning before takeoff.

The ship was so completely stabilized that the passengers did not even have to sit down during takeoff.

They practiced for months at bomber takeoff from a field the same length as the deck of a carrier which had never been done.

Tom, however, got a bad takeoff and would have fallen back into the canyon head first if Jim and Juarez had not gripped him.

After that came the laborious job of getting everyone in the ship strapped into their bunks for the takeoff.


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