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para·​chute ˈper-ə-ˌshüt How to pronounce parachute (audio)
: a device for slowing the descent of a person or object through the air that consists of a fabric canopy beneath which the person or object is suspended
: a device or structure suggestive of a parachute in form, use, or operation
parachutic adjective


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parachuted; parachuting

transitive verb

: to convey by means of a parachute

intransitive verb

: to descend by means of a parachute

Examples of parachute in a Sentence

Noun The pilot was wearing a parachute. The supplies were dropped by parachute. Verb The soldiers parachuted in and quickly hid their gear. New troops parachuted into enemy territory. We will parachute supplies in after you arrive. New troops were parachuted into enemy territory. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Bundles of books were flown to the Anzio beachhead, in Italy, dropped by parachute on remote Pacific islands, and stockpiled in warehouses in the spring of 1944, so that they could be shipped to the staging grounds for D Day. Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Gardner's main parachute never fully deployed to slow his descent, police in Eloy said. CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024 During it, Kwon had issues with the main and reserve parachutes, according to an FAA incident report. Stephen Hobbs, Sacramento Bee, 24 Jan. 2024 Both crews bailed out soon after, floating down to the jungle by parachute. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2023 After Hill gathered the 44-yard parachute while falling, the Chiefs did almost everything else right. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 Following an initial investigation, authorities remain uncertain if there were any issues with the parachute. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 6 Feb. 2024 The reason most respondents cited for their lack of parachute? Jane Thier, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2024 Then, a small drogue parachute was supposed to open to stabilize the 32-inch-wide (81-centimeter) sample return craft. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023
The actual flight capsule will parachute into the ocean south of San Diego, where a Navy recovery team will await them. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2024 Evidently authenticating the footage, Mayor Karen Bass confirmed to TV station NBC4 that people were seen parachuting off the building. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The idea is to build expertise in home countries rather than needing Americans to parachute in when problems are detected, which takes too long and smacks of colonialism. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2024 Ted Lasso's cast of characters are all memorable, each in their own way, but whenever Becky Ann Baker, 70, parachutes in as Ted Lasso's mother, there are moments that are both comical and scenes rife with drama between her and Jason Sudeikis. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 7 Jan. 2024 Investigators said Jacob never intended to reach his destination but instead planned to eject himself during the flight and record himself parachuting to the ground as his plane descended and crashed. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2023 About a minute later, soon after the rocket surpassed the speed of sound, the vehicle triggered the abort maneuver, and the capsule separated from the booster to parachute into the sea. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023 These airborne qualities parachute your heart up to your throat even before the terminal velocity of Yorke’s guitar, gnarled and striated as an ancient oak, signals absolution—or damnation. Pitchfork, 4 Dec. 2023 At the end of September, a canister with some rock samples parachuted into the Utah desert. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



borrowed from French, from para- (as in parasol parasol) + chute "fall" — more at chute


derivative of parachute entry 1

First Known Use


1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of parachute was in 1784

Dictionary Entries Near parachute

Cite this Entry

“Parachute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
para·​chute ˈpar-ə-ˌshüt How to pronounce parachute (audio)
: a folding umbrella-shaped device of light fabric used especially for making a safe jump from an aircraft
: something (as the bunch of hairs on a dandelion seed) that is like a parachute in form, use, or operation


2 of 2 verb
parachuted; parachuting
: to transport or come down by means of a parachute

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