noun \ˈper-ə-ˌshüt, ˈpa-rə-\

: a piece of equipment usually made of cloth that is fastened to people or things and that allows them to fall slowly and land safely after they have jumped or been dropped from an aircraft

Full Definition of PARACHUTE

:  a device for slowing the descent of a person or object through the air that consists of a fabric canopy beneath which the person or object is suspended
:  patagium
:  a device or structure suggestive of a parachute in form, use, or operation
para·chut·ic \ˌper-ə-ˈshü-tik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of PARACHUTE

  1. The pilot was wearing a parachute.
  2. The supplies were dropped by parachute.


French, from para- (as in parasol) + chute fall — more at chute
First Known Use: 1785



: to jump from an aircraft using a parachute

: to drop (someone or something) from an aircraft using a parachute


Full Definition of PARACHUTE

transitive verb
:  to convey by means of a parachute
intransitive verb
:  to descend by means of a parachute

Examples of PARACHUTE

  1. The soldiers parachuted in and quickly hid their gear.
  2. New troops parachuted into enemy territory.
  3. We will parachute supplies in after you arrive.
  4. New troops were parachuted into enemy territory.

First Known Use of PARACHUTE


Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Umbrella-like device for slowing the descent of a body falling through the atmosphere. Separate panels sewn together form a canopy attached by suspension lines to a harness worn by the user. Originally designed to provide a safe escape from a disabled aircraft, parachutes are also used for dropping supplies and for slowing returning space capsules. The parachute was conceived by the 14th century, but practical demonstrations began only in the 1780s in France, leading in 1797 to a 3,200-ft (1,000-m) exhibition jump from a balloon by André-Jacques Garnerin (1769–1823); in 1802 he made a jump of 8,000 ft (2,400 m). Early parachute material was canvas, which was later replaced by silk and then nylon. See also skydiving.


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