Parachute definition

părə-sho͝ot
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.
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To drop (supplies or troops, for example) by means of a parachute.
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Any of various similar unpowered devices that are used for retarding free-speeding or free-falling motion.
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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.
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To drop or descend by parachute.
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Something shaped like or having the effect of a parachute.
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To descend by means of a parachute.
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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.

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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.

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(aviation) A device, generally constructed from fabric, that is designed to employ air resistance to control the fall of an object.
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(zoology) A web or fold of skin extending between the legs of gliding mammals, such as the flying squirrel and colugo.
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To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device.
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To be placed in an organisation in a position of seniority without having previous experience there.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
parachute
Plural:
parachutes

Origin of parachute

  • French para(sol) parasol parasol chute fall chute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French parachute, from para- (“protection against") (as in parasol) and chute (“fall").

    From Wiktionary