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 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 Conditions were windy when the group took off from the Lodi Parachute Cente, and the woman crashed into the truck during the skydiving group's descent near the Lodi Airport, Jones said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Skydiver dies after crashing into big rig trailer on California highway," 27 Sep. 2019 Pennington proceeded to tell the nurse about his love for skydiving, while Collazo discussed her passion for music — singing, specifically. Fox News, "Tennessee cancer nurse’s Christmas duet with patient goes viral: 'Music is such a wonderful healer'," 19 Dec. 2019 The first of two cases involved a skydiving instructor and a county government worker in Georgia who were fired for being gay. Author: Mark Sherman, Matthew Barakat, Anchorage Daily News, "Divided Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights," 9 Oct. 2019 Monday's exchange came three days after a skydiving plane crashed shortly after takeoff on the north shore of Oahu, killing all 11 aboard. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Fatal Hawaii skydiving plane crash renews NTSB's call for stricter rules: 'Accidents continue to happen'," 24 June 2019 Other people will get back from school break telling tales of snowboarding or skydiving. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Family together, though breaking more than bread," 2 Dec. 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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5 Mar 2020

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“Skydiving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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