takeoff

[teyk-awf, -of]
noun
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.
Also, take-off.


Origin:
1820–30; noun use of verb phrase take off

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takeoff

noun
1. a departure; especially of airplanes 
2. the initial ascent of an airplane as it becomes airborne 
3. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way 
4. humorous or satirical mimicry [syn: parody
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Example sentences
In one, for instance, the data showed that the pilot had trouble rotating the
  plane during takeoff.
The device had produced as much noise as a jet at takeoff.
Electric propellers used for an initial boost would fold into the plane after
  takeoff to reduce drag.
Dawn was making science fiction a reality even before takeoff.
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