The definition of a chute is a steep passage down or a waterfall.
An example of a chute is a steep slide at a playground.
- a waterfall
- rapids in a river
- an inclined or vertical trough or passage down which something may be slid or dropped: laundry chute
- a steep slide, as for tobogganing
Origin of chuteFr, a fall ; from Old French cheute ; from cheoite, past participle of cheoir, to fall ; from Classical Latin cadere: see case
- a. An inclined trough, passage, or channel through or down which things may pass.b. A narrow, usually fenced passage for horses or cattle.c. A usually straight extension of one side of an oval racetrack, used to start certain longer races so that the finish line can be kept on a straightaway in front of the stands or clubhouse.d. A gated stall that is used to hold and release animals into an open area, especially horses and steers being ridden in a rodeo.
- A waterfall or rapid.
- A parachute.
verbchut·ed, chut·ing, chutes
To convey or deposit by a chute.
To go or descend by a chute.
Origin of chuteFrench, a fall, alteration (influenced by chu) of Old French cheoite, from feminine past participle of cheoir, to fall, from Vulgar Latin *cadēre, from Latin cadere; see kad- in Indo-European roots. Sense 3, short for parachute.
OriginSee also: chuté
From French chute