liftoff

/lift"awf', -of'/, n.
1. Aeron., Rocketry.
a. the action of an aircraft in becoming airborne or of a rocket in rising from its launching site under its own power.
b. the instant when such action occurs.
2. Informal. the launching or commencement of a project, plan, etc.: The liftoff of the sales campaign will be next month.
adj.
3. that removes by lifting off; capable of being lifted off: a liftoff correction tape for typewriters; magnetized, liftoff nameplates.
Also, lift-off.
[1955-60; n., adj. use of v. phrase lift off]

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  • liftoff — also lift off, vertical take off of a rocket, etc., 1956, Amer.Eng., from LIFT (Cf. lift) (v.) + OFF (Cf. off) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • liftoff — noun The point in the launch of a rocket where it leaves contact with the ground …   Wiktionary

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  • liftoff — lift′off or lift′ off n. 1) aer. rkt the action of an aircraft in becoming airborne or of a rocket in rising from its launching site under its own power 2) aer. rkt the instant when such action occurs • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

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