\ ˈshüt How to pronounce chute (audio) \
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Definition of chute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Noun She dropped the towels into the laundry chute. children sliding down a water chute The skiers came racing down the chute.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This chute on larger models is used to add ingredients while the appliance is running, typically to be shredded or sliced with separate accessories that these mini versions lack. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 In a 2017 interview with The Courier Journal, Tina Mattingly said orbs and balls of light are believed to have been seen in the chute, along with spirits. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 13 Apr. 2022 Firefighters rescued a woman stuck in a trash chute Tuesday night in a Koreatown apartment complex. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said that shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday, the two climbers fell near the top of the Leuthold Couloir, a steep chute on the west side of Oregon's highest mountain. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 8 Mar. 2022 Putting trash in the trash chute sounded like the detonation of a bomb, according to the suit. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 The infamous 600-foot body chute, for instance, that was used to discretely move thousands of corpses through the facility has grown in infamy and is often cited as a place where ghostly experiences take place. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 13 Apr. 2022 Helen Hillicker, 52, from Anchorage, stood with friends near the finish chute one crisp Wednesday evening waiting for moremushers to fly down Front Street. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2022 The wide feed chute can fit a whole apple, peeled citrus fruits, or an entire beet. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The mountains bear that bright March radiance, glowing in creamy white palettes that chute down their steep sides. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 Oh, chute: If there are freshies to be had, Blackley starts at the Milly Express lift and makes laps. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 As a result, when the pilot chutes deployed to pull out the mains, one of them was not properly connected. William Harwood, CBS News, 7 Nov. 2019 The animal chutes blocked the escape as the oil and wax that had been used to waterproof the tent caught fire and turned the big top into a raging inferno. Steven Goode,, 6 July 2019 The clouds of jumpers, with round ‘chutes akin to those used by D-Day soldiers, were honoring the thousands of paratroopers who leapt into gunfire and death 75 years ago. Washington Post, 6 June 2019 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Chute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ 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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