\ ˈshüt How to pronounce chute (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of chute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a quick descent (as in a river) : rapid
2 : an inclined plane, sloping channel, or passage down or through which things may pass : slide
3 : parachute
4 : spinnaker


chuted; chuting

Definition of chute (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to convey by a chute

intransitive verb

1 : to go in or as if in a chute
2 : to utilize a chute (as by passing ore down it)

Examples of chute in a Sentence

Noun She dropped the towels into the laundry chute. children sliding down a water chute The skiers came racing down the chute.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Past the wooden reception booth gleams a bronze United States Post Office mail chute — still in use — decorated with an Art Deco-style bald eagle. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The former Australian Supercars champion in his second attempt at the Indianapolis 500, crashed hard in the north chute. Rob Peeters, Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 29 May 2022 While the 2022 Olympic women’s relay played out Saturday at the Zhangjiakou National Cross Country Center, racers from nations such as the Czech Republic and Japan and Kazakhstan passed through the chute. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Feb. 2022 The video refuted statements that Clements made to investigators, including that Nelson threatened throw urine and feces on him and that Nelson grabbed Clements’ arm through the food chute. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2021 From its source deep in the woods on Stratton Mountain, Lye Brook Falls tumbles and surges through a narrow rock chute to a sea of boulders and down into the valley below. Carey Kish, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 As the rocket descended beneath its main parachute at about 10 meters per second, a drogue chute trailed behind with a 50-meter line. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 The route’s 5,254 feet of elevation gain included an extended technical section involving a narrow ridge and a steep chute. Outside Online, 5 May 2022 This mower does not come with a side discharge chute. Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The mountains bear that bright March radiance, glowing in creamy white palettes that chute down their steep sides. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 Oh, chute: If there are freshies to be had, Blackley starts at the Milly Express lift and makes laps. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 As a result, when the pilot chutes deployed to pull out the mains, one of them was not properly connected. William Harwood, CBS News, 7 Nov. 2019 The animal chutes blocked the escape as the oil and wax that had been used to waterproof the tent caught fire and turned the big top into a raging inferno. Steven Goode,, 6 July 2019 The clouds of jumpers, with round ‘chutes akin to those used by D-Day soldiers, were honoring the thousands of paratroopers who leapt into gunfire and death 75 years ago. Washington Post, 6 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of chute


1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for chute


French, from Old French, from cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere — more at chance

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16 Jun 2022

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“Chute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈshüt \

Kids Definition of chute

1 : a tube or passage down or through which people slide or things are slid or dropped a laundry chute Children slid down the chute.

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