1 [shoot]
an inclined channel, as a trough, tube, or shaft, for conveying water, grain, coal, etc., to a lower level.
a waterfall or steep descent, as in a river.
a water slide, as at an amusement park.
a steep slope, as for tobogganing.
verb (used with object), chuted, chuting.
to move or deposit, by or as if by means of a chute: The dock had facilities for chuting grain directly into the hold of a vessel.
verb (used without object), chuted, chuting.
to descend by or as if by means of a chute.
out of the chute, at the start; at the very beginning: The new business made mistakes right out of the chute and failed within a year.

1715–25; < French, Middle French, representing Old French cheoite a fall, nominalized feminine past participle of cheoir to fall (< Vulgar Latin *cadēre, for Latin cadere; cf. cadence, case1), with vowel of Middle French chue, Old French cheue, a variant past participle; some senses influenced by shoot Unabridged


2 [shoot]
a parachute.
verb (used without object), chuted, chuting.
to descend from the air by or as if by a parachute.
verb (used with object), chuted, chuting.
to drop from an aircraft by means of a parachute: Supplies were chuted to the snowbound mountain climbers.

1915–20, Americanism; by shortening Unabridged
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chute1 (ʃuːt)
1.  an inclined channel or vertical passage down which water, parcels, coal, etc, may be dropped
2.  a steep slope, used as a slide as for toboggans
3.  a slide into a swimming pool
4.  a narrow passageway through which animals file for branding, spraying, etc
5.  a rapid or waterfall
[C19: from Old French cheoite, feminine past participle of cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere; in some senses, a variant spelling of shoot]

chute2 (ʃuːt)
n, —vb
informal short for parachute

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Word Origin & History

1725, Amer.Eng., "fall of water," from Fr. chute, from O.Fr. cheoite pp. of cheoir "to fall," from L. cadere (see case (1)). Meaning "narrow passage for cattle, etc." first recorded 1881.
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Example sentences
Chili heaved and snorted and tried to maneuver his body in the tight-fitted,
  gated steel chute.
Animals in a chute that are packed tightly cannot be expected to turn around
  and exit, period.
But a few pilots and designers have been exploring ways to set down on solid
  ground without the aid of a chute.
The chute was deployed but catching about as much air as a garbage bag with the
  open end tied shut.
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