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parachute

noun para·chute \ ˈper-ə-ˌshüt , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of parachute

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

parachutic

play \ˌper-ə-ˈshü-tik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of parachute in a Sentence

  1. The pilot was wearing a parachute.

  2. The supplies were dropped by parachute.

Recent Examples of parachute from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of parachute

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

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parachute

verb

Definition of parachute

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

  1. The soldiers parachuted in and quickly hid their gear.

  2. New troops parachuted into enemy territory.

  3. We will parachute supplies in after you arrive.

  4. New troops were parachuted into enemy territory.

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First Known Use of parachute

1809

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PARACHUTE Defined for English Language Learners

parachute

noun

Definition of parachute for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of parachute for English Language Learners

  • : to jump from an aircraft using a parachute

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


PARACHUTE Defined for Kids

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parachute

noun para·chute \ ˈper-ə-ˌshüt \

Definition of parachute for Students

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

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parachute

verb

Definition of parachute for Students

parachuted; parachuting
:to transport or come down by parachute


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