- The definition of a parachute is a cloth device that is used to slow the fall of a person or thing, especially from an airplane.
The canopy that floats above a skydiver at the end of the fall is an example of a parachute.
- Parachute is to drop out of the sky and fall slowly with the help of a cloth device that is designed to slow a person's fall.
To fall from an airplane with a special backpack and cloth device that can slow you down is an example of parachute.
A skydiver under his parachute.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a cloth contrivance usually shaped like an umbrella when expanded, and used to retard the falling speed of a person or thing dropping from an airplane, etc.: it is generally carried folded in a pack, from which it is released by a rip cord or other device
- something shaped like or having the effect of a parachute
- Zool. patagium (sense )
Origin: Fr: see para- (sense ) and amp; chute
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- An apparatus used to retard free fall from an aircraft, consisting of a light, usually hemispherical canopy attached by cords to a harness and worn or stored folded until deployed in descent.
- Any of various similar unpowered devices that are used for retarding free-speeding or free-falling motion.
Origin: French : para(sol), parasol; see parasol + chute, fall; see chute.
- parˌa·chutˈic adjective
- parˈa·chutˌist, parˈa·chutˌer noun