(Of an aircraft, spacecraft, or rocket) take off, especially vertically: the helicopters lifted off at 1030 hours
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- As the aircraft lifts off, put in a slow, steady, forward elevator pressure - just enough to keep it from climbing, but not so much that you descend back onto the runway.
- As night approached, four CH - 46 Sea Knight helicopters lifted off the Roosevelt's deck.
- Then - the mission complete - the helicopters lifted off, turning for the border and safety.
The vertical take-off of a spacecraft, rocket, or helicopter.
- The launch timing is dictated by both the position of the space station and NASA's desire to hold a daylight lift-off so it can photograph the spacecraft during its climb to orbit and watch out for possible damage.
- If all goes well with the test, the countdown will continue to a lift-off at 16: 39 CEST on Tuesday.
- The next two lift-offs occurred around the 17th.
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