takeoff

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noun use of the verb to 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.

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