parachute

noun
para·​chute | \ˈper-ə-ˌshüt, 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

parachute

verb
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

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Other Words from parachute

Noun

parachutic \ˌper-​ə-​ˈshü-​tik, 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her second look, however, had her walking amid a parachute as part of the Mary Katrantzou x Victoria’s Secret segment of the show. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s Huge Parachute Wings Almost Took Shawn Mendes Out on the Victoria’s Secret Runway," 9 Nov. 2018 This could take the form of capsules fixed with flight control surfaces for precision glides or steerable parachutes for more pinpoint landings. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Actually Considering Rocket Launches to Move Cargo Around the Globe," 29 Oct. 2018 Two parachutes were seen deploying from the aircraft, indicating the airmen ejected prior to the crash, Col. Oriana Pawlyk, Fox News, "T-6 Texan trainer crashes in Texas; pilots eject safely," 18 Sep. 2018 And besides, commercial vehicles will likely all have parachutes. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The First Flying-Car Review," 12 Sep. 2018 The plane was slowing down so much by this point that Moeller pulled an emergency parachute attached to the aircraft. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Pilot: 'It was completely quiet' before crash landing," 4 July 2018 Discovery Cube provided a foam core, string, snow cone cups and plastic bags for parachutes. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Bottle rockets and Boeing engineer a big day for kids in H.B.," 14 May 2018 One woman remembers making clothes from old parachutes. Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: ‘After Auschwitz’ Looks at Six Survivors and Their Lives," 19 Apr. 2018 To have a chance at winning, college and university-level rockets had to reach 1 mile in altitude, deploy a drogue parachute at the top of the flight and a main chute at a lower altitude, and carry a working payload. Lee Roop, AL.com, "Relax, California, your Citrus College Rocket Owls had a blast in Alabama," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Democratic lawyer Marc Elias has parachuted in to run Senator Nelson’s vote-counting, and Mr. Elias is making much of the oddity that 24,000 ballots in Broward County voted for Governor but not Senate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Broward County Senate Steal?," 9 Nov. 2018 Cole parachuted, and he and other Raiders were helped to safety by Chinese partisans. Dan Sewell, Fox News, "Historic WWII raid lives on with Doolittle survivor, now 103," 22 Sep. 2018 Operation Jedburgh combined special forces from the United States and United Kingdom with an expertise in parachuting, and Michel's group was known for parachuting behind Nazi lines in France, according to the Washington Post. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Philip’s Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the Nazis," 20 Aug. 2018 Richemont was even smart enough not to try to parachute in a new designer after the unexpected death of the founder last November, and to let the studio carry on his legacy — which also happens to be protected by a foundation the designer created. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Is the Independent Designer an Endangered Species?," 15 June 2018 The aim was to parachute them into Greece to work with the partisan guerrillas. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Secret World War II work behind enemy lines earns Bay Area man high honor," 21 Mar. 2018 Some winners are celebrated more than others and Watson, more the guy who returns home to win than the guest who parachutes in, is rightfully one of them. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Bubba Watson Gives Travelers A Familiar Injection Of Energy," 25 June 2018 Merritt, 94, who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and joined more than 100 other storied veterans of the division who marched by reviewing stands as the crowd watched tearfully, the 82nd still had one more crowd-pleaser ready to display. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "Everyone Loves a Parade. Especially When It’s on a Military Base.," 27 May 2018 There’s also the Presidential Innovation Fellows, or PIFs, so that’s more like a single person parachutes in and tackles a hard problem. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of parachute

Noun

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for parachute

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of parachute entry 1

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The first known use of parachute was in 1784

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parachute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parachute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of equipment usually made of cloth that is fastened to people or things and that allows them to fall slowly and land safely after they have jumped or been dropped from an aircraft

parachute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of parachute (Entry 2 of 2)

: to jump from an aircraft using a parachute

: to drop (someone or something) from an aircraft using a parachute

parachute

noun
para·​chute | \ˈper-ə-ˌshüt \

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

parachute

verb
parachuted; parachuting

Kids Definition of parachute (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transport or come down by parachute

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