rip cord

noun

Definition of rip cord

  1. 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. 2 :  a cord or wire pulled in making a descent to release a parachute out of its container

1886

First Known Use of rip cord

1886


RIP CORD Defined for English Language Learners

rip cord

noun

Definition of rip cord for English Language Learners

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


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