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

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 The event included a military skydiving show, bike races along Lake Michigan, motorcycle thrill shows and helicopter rides. Corrinne Hess, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 His favorite sports came with a side of adrenaline: rock climbing, skateboarding, skydiving, etc. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old computer scientist heretofore known for his work as a senior vice president at Google, has broken the world record for high-altitude skydiving, set just two years ago by Felix Baumgartner. Reid Singer, Outside Online, 24 Oct. 2014 First developed in Florida in 1999, speed skydiving began gaining recognition as an international discipline in the early 2000s. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2021 Then in Italy in 2012, Geiler and a friend started training seriously in skydiving and wingsuit flying. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 The first wingsuit was created in 1930 by a Los Angeles parachutist who wanted to achieve more horizontal flight during his vertical skydiving. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Black said an employee let his niece participate in indoor skydiving for free after checking the receipt. Tyler Wilkins, ajc, 30 July 2021 Kevin enjoys exploring, writing, making music, strategy games, photography, martial arts, dancing, sailing, and adventure sports including skydiving, scuba diving, aviation, rock climbing / rappelling, and flyboarding. Kara Warner,, 12 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of skydiving

1955, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2022

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“Skydiving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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