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rip cord

noun

Simple Definition of rip cord

  • : a cord or wire that is pulled to open a parachute

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rip cord

  1. 1 :  a cord by which the gasbag of a balloon may be ripped open for a limited distance to release the gas quickly and so cause immediate descent

  2. 2 :  a cord or wire pulled in making a descent to release a parachute out of its container

1907

First Known Use of rip cord

1907


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