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.

  2. parachuteverb

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

  3. parachuteverb

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

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


  1. Parachute

    A parachute is a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag or, in a ram-air parachute, aerodynamic lift. A major application is to support people, for recreation or as a safety device for aviators, who can exit from an aircraft at height and descend safely to earth. A parachute is usually made of a light, strong fabric. Early parachutes were made of silk. The most common fabric today is nylon. A parachute's canopy is typically dome-shaped, but some are rectangles, inverted domes, and other shapes. A variety of loads are attached to parachutes, including people, food, equipment, space capsules, and bombs.


  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. It is usually a fabric device deployed from a high point, and it opens to create a large surface area that catches the air and slows down the speed of descent, allowing a person or object attached to it to reach the ground safely. Parachutes are commonly used in aircraft emergencies, or for recreational activities such as skydiving.

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

  2. Parachutenoun

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

  3. 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. John Luke:

    Me and my groomsmen are about to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet and just hope the parachute opens.

  2. Manuel Escalera:

    Originally residents said an aircraft had fallen, and later, because of the balloon's shape, they said it was a parachute.

  3. William Stafford:

    I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.

  4. Tim Fellers:

    She got a pretty good parachute package when she left there, when I got let go of jobs, that didn't happen.

  5. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

    what planet did you parachute in from

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