rip cord


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

Examples of rip cord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robison displayed the reserve and main chutes, a rip cord and an automatic activation device, which would deploy a reserve parachute if a skydiver needed it. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 With 4:03 remaining in the fourth quarter, and his team trailing by 25 points, Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue waved the flag and pulled the emotional rip cord. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 June 2018 Prior was discharged from Barnes-Jewish less than 36 hours after his admittance, no ripped cords necessary. Alex Prewitt,, 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of rip cord

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rip cord was in 1886

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“Rip cord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rip cord

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


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