What does parachute mean?

Definitions for parachute
ˈpær əˌʃutpara·chute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parachute, chuteverb

    rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall

  2. chute, parachute, jumpverb

    jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute


  1. parachuteverb

    TO descend to th ground from an airplane or other high place using a parachute; as, when the plane stalled, he parachuted safely to the ground.


  1. parachutenoun

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

    Etymology: From parachute, from para- (as in parasol) and chute.

  2. parachuteverb

    To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device.

    Etymology: From parachute, from para- (as in parasol) and chute.

  3. parachuteverb

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

    Etymology: From parachute, from para- (as in parasol) and chute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parachutenoun

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. parer to ward off, guard + chute a fall. See Parry, and Chute, Chance.]

  2. Parachutenoun

    a web or fold of skin which extends between the legs of certain mammals, as the flying squirrels, colugo, and phalangister

    Etymology: [F., fr. parer to ward off, guard + chute a fall. See Parry, and Chute, Chance.]


  1. Parachute

    A parachute is a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag, or in the case of ram-air parachutes, aerodynamic lift. Parachutes are usually made out of light, strong cloth, originally silk, now most commonly nylon. Parachutes must slow an object's terminal vertical speed by a minimum 75% in order to be classified as such. Depending on the situation, parachutes are used with a variety of loads, including people, food, equipment, space capsules, and bombs. Drogue chutes are used to aid horizontal deceleration of a vehicle, or to provide stability. The word "parachute" comes from the French prefix paracete, originally from the Greek, meaning to protect against, and chute, the French word for "fall", and it was originally coined, as a hybrid word which meant literally "that which protects against a fall", by the French aeronaut François Blanchard in 1785. The earliest evidence for the parachute dates back to the Renaissance period. The oldest parachute design appears in an anonymous manuscript from 1470s Renaissance Italy, showing a free-hanging man clutching a cross bar frame attached to a conical canopy. As a safety measure, four straps run from the ends of the rods to a waist belt. The design is a marked improvement over another folio which depicts a man trying to break the force of his fall by the means of two long cloth streamers fastened to two bars which he grips with his hands. Although the surface area of the parachute design appears to be too small to offer effective resistance to the friction of the air and the wooden base-frame is superfluous and potentially harming, the revolutionary character of the new concept is obvious.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parachute

    par′a-shōōt, n. an apparatus like an umbrella for descending safely from a balloon.—v.t. and v.i. to descend by means of such.—n. Par′achutist. [Fr., for par' à chute, from Fr. parer—L. parāre, to prepare, chute, a fall—L. cadĕre.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A successful method for getting the drop on the Earth.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Parachute

    From the Greek para, “beyond,” and the French chute, “a fall.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parachute in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parachute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of parachute in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    When you jump onto the emptiness of the loneliness, the best parachute to land you safely will be the books!

  2. Vince Reffett:

    We are so happy we achieved this incredible flight, it's the result of extremely thorough teamwork, where each small step generated huge results. Everything was planned to the split second, and I was overjoyed by the progress that was achieved. It is another step in a long-term project. One of the next objectives is to land back on the ground after a flight at altitude, without needing to open a parachute. It's being worked on.

  3. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

    what planet did you parachute in from

  4. Carl Laurin:

    I always got the feeling that when Dan Cooper jumped with our team, the Michigan parachute team, it was a means of survival, not really for the thrill, dan Cooper was looking for something far beyond that.

  5. Astronaut Scott Kelly:

    I'm looking down at the Earth right now and it's 250 miles below me, and only a small portion of that is the atmosphere, and when that Soyuz hits that atmosphere going 17,500 miles an hour, a lot of things have to happen just right to make sure we touch down and parachute safely. So when you look at that big space between us and the speed involved, it's pretty serious. And it's something that you definitely think about and consider. But it's my second time flying the Soyuz, my fourth time flying in space. It's something I signed up to do, and we'll be ready for it next Tuesday.

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