sky·div·ing | \ ˈskī-ˌdī-viŋ \

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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skydive \ˈskī-ˌdīv \ intransitive verb
skydive \ˈskī-ˌdīv \ noun
skydiver noun

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The skydiving industry employs over 500 workers in the DeLand area. Ellie Rushing,, "Florida towns' claims to fame: We're No. 1," 3 July 2018 Fort Lauderdale has an indoor skydiving tunnel called iFly, a 14-foot in diameter wind tunnel powered by four electric motors. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "9 hot South Florida events in July," 25 June 2018 The Alaska Skydive Center is bringing you a bevy of different skydiving jumps to try: glacier jumps, helicopter jumps and a midnight solstice jump. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrating summer solstice: Here are parties and events around Alaska," 21 June 2018 The Balloon Glow will be followed by a nighttime skydiving performance. 4-6 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Howell High School. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Balloonfest in Howell, Mike Tyson at MGM Grand, Orchard Lake art fair," 20 June 2018 Emmett is a soccer player with a learning disability who, much to his surprise, was invited to go skydiving for the first time in his life. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Sure, I’ll go jump out of a plane at 13,000 feet if it brings this many Special Olympics smiles," 3 June 2018 The research concluded that BASE jumping appeared to hold a five- to eight-fold increase risk of injury or death compared with skydiving. Kelsey Grey, idahostatesman, "He's risked his life more than 4,600 times. He's not done risking it yet.," 30 May 2018 Calling itself one of the world's largest skydiving centers, the Eloy business averages 135,000 jumps each year. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 14 things to do in Pinal County," 18 Feb. 2015 Check the website for open track days and private skydiving sessions. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Bradford County: A motorsports mecca in Starke," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of skydiving

1955, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of skydiving

: the sport of jumping from an airplane using a parachute

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