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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Football A place kick in football that starts play at the beginning of a half or after a team has scored.
  • n. Sports A kick of a stationary ball from the middle of the field in soccer that starts play at the beginning of a half or after a goal has been scored.
  • n. Sports A similar kick in Rugby.
  • n. Informal A beginning: the kickoff of a charity campaign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of kick-off.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score.
  • n. the time at which an event or activity begins.
  • intransitive v. To kick the football from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score.
  • transitive v. to begin; to commence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first kick in a game of foot-ball.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a start given to contestants
  • n. (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
  • n. the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • v. commence officially

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