a folding, umbrellalike, fabric device with cords supporting a harness or straps for allowing a person, object, package, etc., to float down safely through the air from a great height, especially from an aircraft, rendered effective by the resistance of the air that expands it during the descent and reduces the velocity of its fall.
Horology. a shockproofing device for the balance staff of a watch, consisting of a yielding, springlike support for the bearing at either end.
the aggregate of benefits, as severance pay or vacation pay, given an employee who is dismissed from a company.
verb (used with object), parachuted, parachuting.
to drop or land (troops, equipment, supplies, etc.) by parachute.
verb (used without object), parachuted, parachuting.
to descend by parachute.

1775–85; < French, equivalent to para- para-2 + chute fall; see chute1

parachutic, adjective
parachutist, parachuter, noun Unabridged
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parachute (ˈpærəˌʃuːt)
1.  a.  a device used to retard the fall of a man or package from an aircraft, consisting of a large fabric canopy connected to a harness
 b.  See also brake parachute Sometimes shortened to: chute (as modifier): parachute troops
2.  (of troops, supplies, etc) to land or cause to land by parachute from an aircraft
3.  (in an election) to bring in (a candidate, esp someone well known) from outside the constituency
[C18: from French, from para-² + chute fall]

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Word Origin & History

1785, from Fr. parachute, lit. "that which protects against a fall," hybrid coined by Fr. aeronaut François Blanchard (1753-1809) from para- "defense against" (from L. parare "prepare") + chute "a fall" (see chute). The verb is attested from 1807.
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Example sentences
It is rare for someone to parachute into a discipline in which they haven't already published and nonetheless obtain grant money.
They started on the bottom and didn't parachute in from business school.
To make up for its absence, the government was forced to parachute cats into the area.
And plenty of time for new candidates to parachute into the race.
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