\ ˈshüt \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of chute 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : fall sense 6b

b : a quick descent (as in a river) : rapid

2 : an inclined plane, sloping channel, or passage down or through which things may pass : slide

3 : parachute

4 : spinnaker


chuted; chuting

Definition of chute (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey by a chute

intransitive verb

1 : to go in or as if in a chute

2 : to utilize a chute (as by passing ore down it)

Examples of chute in a Sentence


She dropped the towels into the laundry chute. children sliding down a water chute The skiers came racing down the chute.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The snake had been picked up in a recycling truck and went through multiple conveyor belts and chutes in the recycling facility before it was found. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "Ack! Surprise resident recycles 6-foot python," 27 June 2018 The bronc reared, which caused Wright’s arm to hit the chutes, causing a bad break. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Utah cowboy returns from injury with strong showing at Stock Show," 28 Jan. 2018 Racers should expect to transition from the dusty chute into the slow-flowing water of the gut. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon race trail has it all: snow, lush vegetation, flowing water and lots of dust," 3 July 2018 Prat will again be aboard in the one-turn Pat Day, which starts from the chute in the backstretch. Paul Rolfes And Bill Cain, The Courier-Journal, "Trainer Mark Casse has a strong presence in Kentucky Derby day stakes," 3 May 2018 Lake Oroville is still 36 feet below the point where DWR would start releasing water down the concrete chute, but that could change quickly as the storm rolls in. Benjy Egel And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Sacramento could see double its usual April rainfall over this weekend | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Apr. 2018 Skeleton – that crazy, head-first plunge down an icy chute – is open to amateurs in Lake Place, New York, host of two Winter Games., "From luge to bobsled to biathlon: Try Winter Olympic events at these 10 destinations, close to Cleveland," 8 Feb. 2018 The patty traveled through a charbroiler on a separate conveyor belt, then glided down a chute onto the bottom bun. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 His partner pleaded with him to stay on the main route, but White took off down a steep rocky chute. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of chute


1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for chute


French, from Old French, from cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere — more at chance

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English Language Learners Definition of chute

: a narrow tube or passage that things and people go down or through


\ ˈshüt \

Kids Definition of chute

1 : a tube or passage down or through which people slide or things are slid or dropped a laundry chute Children slid down the chute.

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