Pronunciation: (kik'ôf", -of"), [key]
1. Football.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. Soccer.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. Also,kick'-off".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.