from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The launch, especially of a rocket.
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- n. The countdown and launch of a rocket, missile or spacecraft
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the launching of a rocket, especially of a spacecraft, under its own power.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination
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Late Thursday, NASA officials said there was a roughly a 30 percent chance of winds and clouds delaying blastoff, up from about 20 percent previously.
Rep. Giffords and other family members of the Endeavour crew are set to see the blastoff from a private viewing area.
As she bobbed his knob and he braced himself for blastoff, he unwittingly flipped the switch on the PA system microphone.
Ms. Giffords watched the blastoff in private, seated in a wheelchair and joined by the families of other crew members.
That blastoff is tentatively slated for May 9, but it also could slip and the Air Force typically has top priority to use the Florida launch facilities.
The delay dispirited the throngs of spectators who had descended on the Cape Canaveral area in recent days, cramming into any available strip of coastline to angle for a view of the blastoff.
The blastoff was scrubbed when electricity wasn't flowing properly to the fuel-line heater.
Countdown for blastoff … X minus five … four … three … two … X minus one … fire!
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