sky·​div·​ing | \ ˈskī-ˌdī-viŋ How to pronounce skydiving (audio) \

Definition of skydiving

: the sport of jumping from an airplane and typically executing a prolonged free fall before deploying a parachute

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Other Words from skydiving

skydive \ ˈskī-​ˌdīv How to pronounce skydive (audio) \ intransitive verb
skydive \ ˈskī-​ˌdīv How to pronounce skydive (audio) \ noun
skydiver noun

Examples of skydiving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is the risk of dying from Covid-19 comparable to driving to work every day, skydiving or being a soldier in a war? David C. Roberts, New York Times, "Putting the Risk of Covid-19 in Perspective," 22 May 2020 Swales had purchased a skydiving package from Paragon Skydive, a company at the airport. Chelsea Curtis, USA TODAY, "FAA probes skydiving death near Grand Canyon National Park Airport," 10 Sep. 2019 While many elite athletes are conscious of putting on weight, the opposite is true of the six foot seven-inch Swiss, who decided to take on more adventurous pursuits after going on a skydiving course in Spain aged 19. Ben Morse, CNN, "To conquer his fear of heights, Marc Hauser jumped into the jet stream," 13 Apr. 2020 Last June, 11 people who had set off on a skydiving expedition were killed when a Beechcraft BE65 twin-engine plane went down shortly after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield. Fox News, "Hawaii's Dillingham Airfield, where 11 skydivers died in June, sees another fatal crash, two pilots dead," 23 Feb. 2020 The skydiving championships draw more than 600 competitors. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Watch: Minneapolis pair become national skydiving champions," 19 Sep. 2019 Swales, who purchased the skydiving package from Paragon Skydive, died a short time later at Flagstaff Medical Center. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "FAA closes investigation into Grand Canyon skydive that killed U.K. tourist," 28 Feb. 2020 There’s skydiving, of course, and caving; zip-lining and canyoning; heli-skiing and Zorbing (look it up). Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "After the White Island volcano tragedy, can visitors trust New Zealand’s adventure tourism?," 10 Dec. 2019 Just two months ago, a palace website released scores of photos of her and the king, some in formal settings and others in markedly casual poses, such as taking part in flying, shooting and skydiving. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thai king strips his consort of royal titles for disloyalty," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of skydiving

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skydiving was in 1955

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28 May 2020

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“Skydiving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skydiving

: the sport of jumping from an airplane and falling through the sky before opening a parachute


sky·​div·​ing | \ ˈskī-ˌdī-viŋ How to pronounce skydiving (audio) \

Kids Definition of skydiving

: the sport of jumping from an airplane using a parachute

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