liftoff liftoff  /ˈlɪf ˌtɔf/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the initial ascent of a rocket from its launching pad

Usage(s):

  1. Less than twelve minutes after liftoff, a brief boost from the S-4B third stage placed Apollo into a circular 119-mile orbit at a velocity of 17,427 m.
  2. JK: No, the Achilles heel has always been liftoff, and the dangers posed by massive fuel load involved.
  3. A star of XXX-rated movies talks about life and achieving liftoff.

News

  1. Russian rocket explodes after liftoff

    An unmanned Russian rocket veered off course and exploded in a fireball Tuesday, seconds after liftoff from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.
    on July 4, 2013     Source: CNN

  2. Russian Rocket Crashes in Kazakhstan

    A rocket carrying satellites crashed moments after liftoff, sending a cloud of highly toxic fumes toward nearby towns as unspent fuel burned off.
    on July 2, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. Unmanned Russian rocket explodes seconds after liftoff

    An unmanned Russian rocket veered off course and exploded in a fireball Tuesday, seconds after liftoff from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.
    on July 2, 2013     Source: CNN

Quotes

  1. "Houston, I think we've achieved liftoff," Obama told the cheering crowd - although half an hour into Obama's too-long speech, the crowd was less enthusiastic.
    on Feb 23, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. "I got in some shooting yesterday," said Graves, the Horizon's second-leading scorer at 18.6 points a game. "Just having my stamina back and being able to have my legs and get the liftoff is what helped me get back into it so quickly."
    on Jan 20, 2007 By: AJ Graves Source: Forbes

  3. "He's running fast and we're really close to liftoff," Gruden said after Saturday's lone morning workout. "Around the league there are some really good receivers that aren't practicing the first week of training camp and I think we did the...
    on Aug 3, 2008 By: Jon Gruden Source: Kansas City Star

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