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2 definitions found
 for kickoff
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  kickoff \kickoff\ n. (Football)
     1. A kick from the center of the field to start a football
        game or to resume it after a score.
        [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. the time at which an event or activity begins.
  
     Syn: beginning, commencement, first, outset, start, starting
          time, offset.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  kickoff
      n 1: (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a
           football game or to resume it after a score
      2: the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got
         an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the
         man for her" [syn: beginning, commencement, first,
         outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time,
         showtime, offset] [ant: end, ending, middle]
      3: a start given to contestants; "I was there with my parents at
         the kickoff" [syn: kickoff, send-off, start-off]

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