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Meaning of kickoff

kick•off

Pronunciation: (kik'ôf", -of"), [key]
— n.
  1. a place kick or a drop kick from the 40-yd. line of the team kicking at the beginning of the first and third periods or after the team kicking has scored a touchdown or field goal.
  2. a kick that puts a stationary ball into play from the center line of the field at the start of a quarter or after a goal has been scored.
  3. the initial stage of something; start; beginning: the campaign kickoff.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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