Definition of Parachute

1. Noun. Rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall.

Exact synonyms: Chute
Terms within: Canopy, Harness, Ripcord, Shroud, Static Line
Specialized synonyms: Drogue, Drogue Chute, Drogue Parachute, Drogue Parachute, Parasail
Generic synonyms: Rescue Equipment
Derivative terms: Chute, Parachutist



2. Verb. Jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute.
Exact synonyms: Chute, Jump
Entails: Glide, Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Generic synonyms: Dive, Plunge, Plunk
Specialized synonyms: Sky Dive, Skydive
Derivative terms: Chute, Jump, Parachuter, Parachuting, Parachutist

Definition of Parachute

1. n. A contrivance somewhat in the form of an umbrella, by means of which a descent may be made from a balloon, or any eminence.

Definition of Parachute

1. Noun. (aviation) A device, generally constructed from fabric, that is designed to employ air resistance to control the fall of an object. ¹

2. Verb. To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device. ¹

3. Verb. To be placed in an organisation in a position of seniority without having previous experience there. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Parachute

1. [v -CHUTED, -CHUTING, -CHUTES]

Medical Definition of Parachute

1. 1. A contrivance somewhat in the form of an umbrella, by means of which a descent may be made from a balloon, or any eminence. 2. A web or fold of skin which extends between the legs of certain mammals, as the flying squirrels, colugo, and phalangister. Parachutist; parachuting. Parachute = verb Origin: F, fr. Paper to ward off, guard + chute a fall. See Parry, and Chute, Chance. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parachute

parachordal
parachordal cartilage
parachordal plate
parachordals
parachors
parachroma
parachromatosis
parachronism
parachronisms
parachronistic
parachrose
parachrysotile
parachrysotiles
parachurch
parachurches
parachute (current term)
parachute flare
parachute flares
parachute jumper
parachute reflex
parachuted
parachutelike
parachuter
parachuters
parachutes
parachutic
parachuting
parachutist

Literary usage of Parachute

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"He repeated his parachute experiment in England on the 2 ist of September 1802. The parachute was dome-shaped, and bore a resemblance to a large umbrella ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"The parachute for a few seconds descended very rapidly but still evenly, until suddenly the upper rim seemed to give way, and the whole apparatus collapsed ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"For a few seconds his fate seemed certain, as the parachute retained the collapsed state in which it had originally ascended, and fell very rapidly. ..."

4. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1866)
"On being cut away from the balloon, the parachute descended rapidly, ... It con- bist.il of a large calico parachute packed in an iron hemisphere, ..."

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