BASE jumping


: the activity or sport of parachuting from a high structure (such as a building, tower, or bridge) or cliff
BASE jumper noun

Examples of BASE jumping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over seven years, three couples in the world of BASE jumping risk everything to feel alive. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 Along with rock climbing, Leavitt was also the first person reported to climb El Capitan in Yosemite and BASE jumping off the top in 1980. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 Perhaps no brand flexed its might—and spent more dollars—than Red Bull did to bring action sports like snowboarding and BASE jumping to mainstream consumers. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 24 Oct. 2022 Authorities said the man was BASE jumping and his parachute didn't open in time, according to the station. David Aaro, Fox News, 22 Mar. 2021 In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Andy Lewis, Sylvan Christensen and Homer Manson, members of the BASE jumping and slacklining community in southeast Utah, claimed responsibility for carting the 10-foot sculpture out of a remote canyon in late November. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Dec. 2020

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Word History


building, antenna, span, earth

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of BASE jumping was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“BASE jumping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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