chute

noun
\ ˈshüt How to pronounce chute (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

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

chute

verb
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

Witnesses reportedly said the woman got into the garbage chute and then fell 16 stories before landing in the garbage collection area, according to the rescue agency. Fox News, "Oregon Woman falls 16 stories down building’s garbage chute, sustains ‘life-threatening’ injuries," 18 June 2019 The belts drop sand into a chute at the top of the machine, which then funnels down through 12 metal pipes — the spider legs — arranged in a circle. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "As flood looms, North Dakota’s largest city back to bagging," 29 Mar. 2019 On that earlier occasion, the chute unfurled at an altitude of 26 miles (42 km), while ASPIRE was traveling at 1.8 times the speed of sound, NASA officials have said. Mike Wall, Space.com, "NASA Rocket Launches Supersonic Mars Parachute in Key Test," 1 Apr. 2018 For rugged terrain, take advantage of the mower’s power and get the optional rear-discharge chute ($25). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers," 11 Apr. 2019 At Blue Apron’s most automated plant in New Jersey, radishes tumble down chutes, go through a system of scales to sort them by weight and are apportioned at a rate of 70 bags a minute. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "The Messy Business of Selling Meal Kits," 27 July 2018 The airplane landed safely, and everyone on board exited using the emergency chutes, an airport spokesman said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "No injuries, one arrest in barricade situation," 26 Mar. 2018 The netting system, propped up by metal poles that encircled the chute, was also a dangerous flaw in Verruckt’s design, those experts said. Steve Vockrodt, Tony Rizzo, Glenn E. Rice And Laura Bauer, kansascity, "Ex-Schlitterbahn executive charged with manslaughter in 2016 death on water slide | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 High-lift blade: A high-lift blade produces airflow to push grass clippings into a bag or out the discharge chute. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 22 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, courant.com, "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

Noun

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for chute

Noun

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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More Definitions for chute

chute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chute

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

chute

noun
\ 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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