Lift off vs take off

Super Saiyan

Senior Member
Cantonese
Hi, if I am in a plane and I want to say ‘I feel the plane lift off.’ Is it the same as ‘I feel the plane take off.’ Thanks.
 
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    With regard to planes though, I might use "lift off" for the moment that the wheels leave the ground and "take off" for the longer period starting with accelerating on the ground until the plane is flying normally.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    There are "phases" of airplane travel as shown below:


    A rocket, on the other hand, has "stages. Starting with "lift off", "burn out", "jettison" etc. and ending with "spacecraft separation".
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    With regard to planes though, I might use "lift off" for the moment that the wheels leave the ground and "take off" for the longer period starting with accelerating on the ground until the plane is flying normally.
    That is how I use the words. "Lift off" is an exact moment during "take off".
     
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