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From the verb phrase take off.

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takeoff (plural takeoffs)

  1. The rising or ascent of an aircraft or rocket into flight.
    The flight was smooth, but the takeoff was a little rough.
  2. A parody or lampoon of someone or something.
    Weird Al's song "Lasagna" is a takeoff on the popular song "La Bamba".
    • 1897, Edward Bellamy, Equality, ch. 23
      I came across a little pamphlet of the period, yellow and almost undecipherable, which, on examination, I found to be a rather amusing skit or satirical take-off on the profit system.
  3. A quantification, especially of building materials.
    I'll give you an estimate after I do the quantity takeoffs for the trusses and structural steel.
  4. (printing, Britain, historical) The removal of sheets from the press.
  5. The spot from which one takes off; specifically, the place from which a jumper rises in leaping.
    • Encyclopaedia of Sport
      The take-off should be selected with great care, and a pit of large dimensions provided on the landing side.

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