Definition of take-off in English:

take-off

noun

  • 1An instance of becoming airborne.

    ‘a perfect take-off’
    mass noun ‘the plane accelerated down the runway for take-off’
    • ‘The pogos drop onto the runway as the aircraft lifts and the ground maintenance crew retrieve them immediately after take-off.’
    • ‘The aircraft is suitable for operation from forward air bases, with short take-off and landing capability.’
    • ‘Flying birds have been recognised as the biggest danger for an aircraft and they can hinder the take-off and landings on the runways.’
    • ‘A holiday jet carrying 220 passengers was forced to abort its take-off when another plane crossed the airport runway on Sunday.’
    • ‘Throttle control is by mouth throttle for take-off and once in flight, by small levers at the side of the seat.’
    • ‘The pilot was going to spend the afternoon flying round and round in circles practicing his take-off and landing techniques.’
    • ‘The late 1960s witnessed the take-off of the jumbo-jet and the beginning of an era of mass travel.’
    • ‘Then the captain aborted the take-off half-way down the runway because of a lack of power in one of the engines.’
    • ‘Crosswinds of up to 30 knots can be accommodated on aircraft take-off or landing with or without stores.’
    • ‘Whether or not he gets back in one piece depends very much on a successful take-off and ascent to a relatively calm cruising altitude of up to 45,000 ft.’
    • ‘The landing gear provides for safe take-off and landing on rocking ship decks.’
    • ‘A very simple quick mission builder is included, allowing players to practise take-offs and landings, aerial-combat manoeuvring, gunnery and formation flying.’
    • ‘The pilot practiced landings and take-offs by taking off and following a racetrack pattern (the circuit) that brings the aircraft back to the start of the runway to land.’
    • ‘The system is designed for full automatic take-off and landing.’
    • ‘She had always hated the take-off and the landing parts in a flight.’
    • ‘Hauling scientists and supplies to the stations gives aircrews a chance to practice icy take-offs and landings and get a feel for being on the ice.’
    • ‘The airport's runways currently stagger their take-off and landings, and switch them around during the day to allow residents some relief from noise.’
    • ‘Fossett chose Salina because he needed a long runway for take-off and landing.’
    • ‘The take-off is flawless; a steep climb has the aircraft high by strip's end to avoid the possibility of ground-fire.’
    • ‘The take-off from Edinburgh Airport main runway is slotted in between two scheduled flights and it is surprisingly smooth.’
    departure, lift-off, launch, blast-off, taking off
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  • 2informal An act of mimicking someone or something.

    ‘the film is a take-off of Star Wars’
    • ‘Overall I thought it was a marvelous take off of all the hood movies.’
    • ‘Brief glimpses of Bleak House and Great Expectations are followed by a wonderfully witty take-off of A Christmas Carol, with skateboarding ghosts and Tiny Tim on electric guitar.’
    • ‘Of all the parodies performed on 'The Carol Burnett Show', probably the best-remembered and funniest was an inspired takeoff of the classic film 'Gone With The Wind'.’
    parody, pastiche, mockery, caricature, travesty, satire, lampoon, mimicry, imitation, impersonation, impression, aping
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Pronunciation

take-off

/ˈteɪkɒf/