\ ˈshüt How to pronounce chute (audio) \
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Definition of chute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a quick descent (as in a river) : rapid
2 : an inclined plane, sloping channel, or passage down or through which things may pass : slide


chuted; chuting

Definition of chute (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey by a chute

intransitive verb

1 : to go in or as if in a chute
2 : to utilize a chute (as by passing ore down it)

Examples of chute in a Sentence

Noun She dropped the towels into the laundry chute. children sliding down a water chute The skiers came racing down the chute.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun City officials and race officials asked people to stay away for fear of spreading the coronavirus, so instead of thousands of fans lining the finish chute there were a few hundred. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A weird and wild Iditarod is poised to wrap up as final mushers rest before their final push to Nome," 22 Mar. 2020 The Spartans smacked the Nittany Lions hard out of the chute offensively and defensively. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball stuns Penn State, 79-71; now tied atop Big Ten," 4 Mar. 2020 There’s still some things to get done schedule-wise but playing La Porte right out of the chute is always a fun one. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "On several fronts, Deer Park excited over new district assignment," 6 Feb. 2020 Sass led a train of four teams into the finish chute in a 57-minute span Wednesday morning. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "At 60, Iditarod runner-up Mitch Seavey has a new race strategy: Acting his age," 19 Mar. 2020 Calacatta marble covers the master bathroom, and there’s a laundry chute in the closet that connects directly to the utility room. Dallas News, "Take a look at a family home set on two, tree-filled acres in North Dallas," 14 Feb. 2020 Last year, during the test of the Starliner’s abort motors, one of the main parachutes failed to deploy because a pin was not properly secured to a smaller drag chute. Washington Post, "NASA finds ‘fundamental’ software problems in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft," 7 Feb. 2020 Once in the chute, Kimzey slips his palm under the handle, pulls the rope tight and wraps the loose end of it once around his hand. John Whisler,, "Rodeo star Sage Kimzey has mastered the art of bull riding," 1 Feb. 2020 The stewards conducted an inquiry into the incident in the chute before ruling no other runner was responsible for the bumping and lost riders. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Del Mar finishes a successful season," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a result, when the pilot chutes deployed to pull out the mains, one of them was not properly connected. William Harwood, CBS News, "Boeing identifies rigging problem with Starliner parachute," 7 Nov. 2019 The animal chutes blocked the escape as the oil and wax that had been used to waterproof the tent caught fire and turned the big top into a raging inferno. Steven Goode,, "His mother died saving his life during the Hartford Circus Fire, but Jerry LeVasseur turned a catastrophe into a lifetime of opportunity," 6 July 2019 The clouds of jumpers, with round ‘chutes akin to those used by D-Day soldiers, were honoring the thousands of paratroopers who leapt into gunfire and death 75 years ago. Washington Post, "‘Woo-hoo!’ At 97, D-Day veteran parachutes into Normandy," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of chute


1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for chute


French, from Old French, from cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere — more at chance

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The first known use of chute was in 1805

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chute

: a narrow tube or passage that things and people go down or through


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Kids Definition of chute

1 : a tube or passage down or through which people slide or things are slid or dropped a laundry chute Children slid down the chute.

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