rip cord

noun
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

Definition of rip cord

1 : a cord by which the gasbag of a balloon may be ripped open for a limited distance to release the gas quickly and so cause immediate descent
2 : a cord or wire pulled in making a descent to release a parachute out of its container

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First Known Use of rip cord

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of rip cord for English Language Learners

  • : a cord or wire that is pulled to open a parachute


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