para·​chute | \ ˈper-ə-ˌshüt How to pronounce parachute (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of parachute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : patagium
3 : a device or structure suggestive of a parachute in form, use, or operation


parachuted; parachuting

Definition of parachute (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey by means of a parachute

intransitive verb

: to descend by means of a parachute

Other Words from parachute


parachutic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈshü-​tik How to pronounce parachute (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

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: Noun Once his demands were met hours later, the man strapped on a parachute, opened the rear aircraft door, and disappeared into the night, never to be found. Kristen Baldwin,, 16 June 2022 Methods included being rotated underwater in an ejection seat and being dragged across the pool attached to a parachute, from which students had to disentangle themselves. Nojan Aminosharei, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 When a larger parachute deployed, Beck said the rocket slowed to just 22 miles per hour, or 10 meters per second, allowing the helicopter pilots to match its speed. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 3 May 2022 About two minutes after takeoff, having expended its fuel, the Electron’s stage-one booster detached and fell back toward Earth, slowing its 5,150-mile-per-hour descent with a parachute. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 2 May 2022 One of the pilots was able to get into the other plane and land successfully, but the other was not and had to deploy a parachute. Lorraine Taylor, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 According to the letter sent by the FAA in early April, Jacob attached multiple cameras to the inside and outside of the plane and was wearing a sports parachute in a backpack during the flight. Michelle Stoddart, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Soft kites are controlled by adjusting the lengths of steering lines, similar to the way a parachute is guided. Kurt Kleiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 The person, whose gender and age were unavailable, was wearing a helmet and was equipped with a parachute, police said. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Transition coaches parachute into the post-layoff void—a place where no one else ventures—and help individuals move forward. Darren Kimball, Forbes, 21 June 2022 In the game, up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-take-all showdown. Todd Spangler, Variety, 31 May 2022 But one of the planes spiraled out of control and crashed in Eloy, Arizona, leading to only Aikins’ getting in the other craft while Farrington was forced to parachute. Jay Blackman, NBC News, 12 May 2022 The 48-year-old man was attempting to parachute from the 23-story Palisade UTC luxury apartment complex, near the UTC mall, police said. NBC News, 25 Mar. 2022 The retail giant is teaming up with the drone delivery company Zipline to parachute packages of goods to shoppers. Errol Barnett, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2021 The study showed that the creatures who live in canopies are able to parachute consistently, slowing their speed and controlling their movements. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 He was struck by the speed with which Andrés and his collaborators could parachute into a place after a flood or an earthquake and start serving hot meals. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Hudson said the spiders don't parachute, but rather balloon. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of parachute


1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for parachute


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


derivative of parachute entry 1

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The first known use of parachute was in 1784

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22 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for parachute


para·​chute | \ ˈper-ə-ˌshüt How to pronounce parachute (audio) \

Kids Definition of parachute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of equipment usually made of cloth and attached to someone or something for making a safe jump or drop from an airplane


parachuted; parachuting

Kids Definition of parachute (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transport or come down by parachute

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