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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from skydiving

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

Examples of skydiving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colt, who describes himself online as a digital-marketing director at Funnel Craft, a Boise internet advertising company, who likes skydiving, guns, food and family, did not respond to emails or calls. Anchorage Daily News, "Far-right extremists want to target more capitols, but are divided after DC riot," 10 Jan. 2021 To enter a fugu restaurant is cast as a daredevil feat akin to skydiving, with each bite a roll of the dice. New York Times, "The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu," 4 Dec. 2020 Also on Tuesday, the City Council approved PATH to provide services for $1.6 million annually at the Homeless Response Center, which has been operating as the Housing Navigation Center in a former indoor skydiving building at 1401 Imperial Ave. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego approves new neighborhood-based homeless outreach," 27 Oct. 2020 Carl skydiving, climbing mountains, on a safari, wrestling a crocodile. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "A dead man confesses: How that ‘War With Grandpa’ casket scene with De Niro went hilariously wrong," 20 Oct. 2020 White said there are physical problems with the old indoor skydiving building, which has leaks and faulty air conditioning. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "City of San Diego ousts homeless service provider, which said Navigation Center was unworkable," 1 Oct. 2020 In this initial flight, the SolarStratos team flew its signature airplane to 5,000 feet, which is on the low end of the standard range for skydiving. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Pilot Makes First-Ever Solar-Powered Free Fall," 31 Aug. 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'skydiving.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of skydiving

1955, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about skydiving

Time Traveler for skydiving

Time Traveler

The first known use of skydiving was in 1955

See more words from the same year

Statistics for skydiving

Cite this Entry

“Skydiving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for skydiving



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on skydiving

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for skydiving

Britannica English: Translation of skydiving for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about skydiving

Comments on skydiving

What made you want to look up skydiving? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!