• WordNet 3.6
    • n takeoff a departure; especially of airplanes
    • n takeoff humorous or satirical mimicry
    • n takeoff a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
    • n takeoff the initial ascent of an airplane as it becomes airborne
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Takeoff An imitation, especially in the way of caricature; -- used with of or on; as, the comedian did a hilarious takeoff on the president.
    • Takeoff The beginning of a leap from a surface or a flight into the air, especially the process or event of an airplane leaving the ground and beginning its flight; as, the takeoff of flight CA123 was scheduled for 3:00 PM.
    • Takeoff The spot at which one takes off; specif., the place from which a jumper rises in leaping. "The take-off should be selected with great care, and a pit of large dimensions provided on the landing side."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n takeoff The act of taking off, in any sense; especially, an imitation or mimicking; a caricature; a burlesque representation.
    • n takeoff The point at which one takes off; specifically, the point at which a leaper rises from the ground in taking a fence or bar.
    • n takeoff In croquet, a stroke by which the player's ball is driven forward in the line of aim or nearly so, and the ball it touches is barely moved or even allowed to remain undisturbed.
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In literature:

After the first ride he would let us do the takeoff and landing.
"The Biography of a Rabbit" by Roy Benson
The valve slid shut and the takeoff bell reverberated through the ship.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
A remarkable thing was that there was no written message in the ship's log which referred to its takeoff.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
Unlike most divers, they can fly straight up from a watery takeoff.
"Ducks at a Distance" by Robert W. Hines
He braced himself, knowing the siren was the last warning before takeoff.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
He and Alice had arrived early at the spaceport to enjoy the holiday excitement preceding the takeoff.
"The Memory of Mars" by Raymond F. Jones
Might as well be cement for all the good it did me at takeoff.
"The Dope on Mars" by John Michael Sharkey
The takeoff isn't so nice, I'll admit, but after that you're just sailing free.
"Runaway" by William Morrison
All emergency equipment has to be checked before takeoff.
"Hanging by a Thread" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Takeoff your shirt, man!
"Gold" by Stewart White

In news:

A tiny Caribbean airline's plane crashed Sunday during takeoff at Antigua 's airport, killing the pilot.
Family of three and two friends dies shortly after takeoff.
The plane returned to the airport shortly after its 7:45 am takeoff and landed safely, Meyer said.
Pioneer awaiting his sport's takeoff.
All clear for Syracuse Basketball takeoff on the USS Midway .
The agency that operates the New York City area's three major airports wants passengers who don't turn off their cellphones or tablets before takeoff to pay up or go to court.
Horsepower for takeoff, SL: 260.
GE Aviation and Chile's LAN Airlines recently conducted the first flight in Latin America using precise performance-based navigation ( PBN ) procedures from takeoff to landing.
E-Bikes Poised for Takeoff in Germany.
Poised for Rapid Takeoff.
Prepping for takeoff (Photo courtesy Matt Hamm/Flickr).
In a short season, they'll need a fast takeoff.
To boost launch, crews loaded B-47s with jet-assisted takeoff bottles.
DEL RIO, Texas — Just looking at Byron Velvick sitting in his boat, waiting for takeoff at Diablo East Marina in the Battle on the Border Thursday morning, you wouldn't have thought anything was wrong.
Should you lean for a sea-level takeoff.

In science:

For a relatively low thrust rod mass, jump height is proportional to the square of the absolute actuator velocity, ˙xA (t) = ˙xp + ˙xa , at takeoff.
Lift-off dynamics in a simple jumping robot