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parachute

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noun para·chute \ˈper-ə-ˌshüt, ˈpa-rə-\

Simple Definition of parachute

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  patagium

  3. 3 :  a device or structure suggestive of a parachute in form, use, or operation

para·chut·ic play \ˌper-ə-ˈshü-tik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of parachute

  1. The pilot was wearing a parachute.

  2. The supplies were dropped by parachute.



Origin of parachute

French, from para- (as in parasol) + chute fall — more at chute


First Known Use: 1785

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parachute

verb para·chute

Simple Definition of parachute

  • : to jump from an aircraft using a parachute

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

Full Definition of parachute

parachut·edparachut·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to convey by means of a parachute

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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.



1809

First Known Use of parachute

1809

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PARACHUTE Defined for Kids

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parachute

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noun para·chute \ˈper-ə-ˌshüt\

Definition of parachute

  1. :  a piece of equipment usually made of cloth and attached to someone or something for making a safe jump or drop from an airplane




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parachute

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verb para·chute

Definition of parachute

para·chut·edpara·chut·ing

  1. :  to transport or come down by parachute





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