parachute

noun
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
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 How to pronounce parachutic (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Floating under three parachutes, the spacecraft, which was carrying no astronauts, touched down in the predawn darkness shortly before 7:58 a.m. Eastern Time at the White Sands Missile Range. Washington Post, "Boeing spacecraft lands safely in New Mexico desert, a successful end to a flawed test mission," 22 Dec. 2019 Cirrus' airplanes -- both its jets and propeller planes -- already have what the company calls the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System -- an enormous parachute, big enough to carry the entire airplane to the ground. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "A safer way to fly? New technology enables a plane to land itself," 1 Nov. 2019 Unlike other space capsules that use parachutes, the Dream Chaser will land akin to an airplane, gliding down horizontally onto a runway. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Sierra Nevada picks the future Vulcan rocket to fly its mini-spaceplane to orbit," 14 Aug. 2019 That led to his initial safety idea of mounting a parachute behind the car to slow it down, and soon enough it was adopted by the NHRA. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, "Appreciation: Racer, pioneer E.J. 'Bill' Simpson saved many lives with his safety innovations," 16 Dec. 2019 The group will exercise, blow bubbles, sing, make music with rhythm instruments and play with a parachute. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 11 Dec. 2019 Intrepid aeronauts of the past really did make a parachute of the balloon and witness butterflies at surprisingly high altitudes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Aeronauts brings the joy and perils of Victorian ballooning to vivid life," 7 Dec. 2019 Currently, even a parachute is in the works for drones. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland, "Drones for Hospice: A gift for the whole family," 2 Dec. 2019 But the reason the third parachute didn’t deploy was a human one: someone had failed to notice that a smaller chute had not been hooked to the larger main chute it was designed to pull out. Washington Post, "Boeing faced only ‘limited’ safety review from NASA while SpaceX got a full examination," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Although the concept felt somewhat parachuted-in for the Rocket City, each year since thousands of locals enjoyed the floats, beads and partying. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Huntsville Mardi Gras party to get a little more legit," 9 Jan. 2020 Parties of all stripes have long parachuted high-flyers into winnable seats, none more so perhaps than New Labour, which sent the Miliband brothers of Primrose Hill to South Shields and Doncaster. The Economist, "Bagehot Labour still beats the Tories at old-fashioned canvassing," 21 Nov. 2019 The California Highway Patrol tells the Fresno Bee that the 28-year-old woman was parachuting Thursday with a group from the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Skydiver dies after hitting big rig, crashing into highway," 26 Sep. 2019 With the end apparently near, Maddon is absorbing body blows from national pundits who parachute into the Cubs clubhouse a few times a year and pretend to know its pulse. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Joe Maddon, love him or hate him, was always true to himself — and the Cubs," 29 Sep. 2019 The similarities between Wren and Blanchard are clear: both used fireworks to make dazzling displays, and both parachuted dogs from their balloons. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "The True Story Behind The Aeronauts," 9 Dec. 2019 Last month Jack and 49 others boarded a transport aeroplane and parachuted onto an island. The Economist, "InnovationAsian-tiger governments are steering their economies with a lighter touch," 5 Dec. 2019 The woman was parachuting with about six other people just after 2 p.m. Thursday when the accident occurred in Acampo in the Lodi area, about 35 miles south of Sacramento, California Highway Patrol officer Ruben Jones said at a news conference. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Skydiver dies after crashing into big-rig trailer and highway in California," 27 Sep. 2019 George Zlotnick, 95, of Mansfield Center, CT parachuted to glory behind German lines in WWII and made his final ascent as a warrior, Sunday, November 10th, 2019. courant.com, "George Zlotnick," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for parachute

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The first known use of parachute was in 1784

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parachute.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parachutes. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for parachute

parachute

noun
How to pronounce parachute (audio)

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 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

parachute

verb
parachuted; parachuting

Kids Definition of parachute (Entry 2 of 2)

: to transport or come down by parachute

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