\ 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


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clements stomped and kicked Nelson’s hand five times and slammed the chute door on Nelson’s arm, the records say. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Jail officer suspended for stomping inmate’s arm through food chute in cell door," 26 June 2020 The starting gate was in the backstretch chute, rather than in front of the grandstand. Stephen Edelson, azcentral, "Tiz the Law wins the 2020 Belmont Stakes, first New York-bred horse to win since 1882," 20 June 2020 Because of the schedule change, the Belmont Stakes was shortened from 1½ miles (one lap around the sweeping Belmont Park main track) to 1 ⅛ miles — meaning it’s a one-turn race beginning in a chute on the backstretch. Larry Stumes,, "Belmont Stakes first up in Triple Crown races that come with ‘big asterisk’," 19 June 2020 Rosenqvist tried to pass James Hinchcliffe on the outside in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2 and lost grip, sending him spinning out with the rear of his No. 10 NTT Data Honda nailing the wall. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon starts the delayed 2020 IndyCar season with his fourth career win at Texas Motor Speedway," 7 June 2020 Katheiser had helped friends out before, and knew that typically a calf was herded into a mechanical chute, where a clamp closed around the animal’s neck, immobilizing it and then flipping it on its side. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The Killing of a Colorado Rancher," 20 Mar. 2020 There is a second model of the chute itself, with tiny pebbles scaled to match the corresponding size of the heavy stone, known as riprap, that will line the actual channel. John Schwartz, New York Times, "A Mini-Mississippi River May Help Save Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast," 25 Feb. 2020 City officials and race officials asked people to stay away for fear of spreading the coronavirus, so instead of thousands of fans lining the finish chute there were a few hundred. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A weird and wild Iditarod is poised to wrap up as final mushers rest before their final push to Nome," 22 Mar. 2020 The Spartans smacked the Nittany Lions hard out of the chute offensively and defensively. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball stuns Penn State, 79-71; now tied atop Big Ten," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a result, when the pilot chutes deployed to pull out the mains, one of them was not properly connected. William Harwood, CBS News, "Boeing identifies rigging problem with Starliner parachute," 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,, "His mother died saving his life during the Hartford Circus Fire, but Jerry LeVasseur turned a catastrophe into a lifetime of opportunity," 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, "‘Woo-hoo!’ At 97, D-Day veteran parachutes into Normandy," 6 June 2019

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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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The first known use of chute was in 1805

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9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chute

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


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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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