Waiting for parachute separation… “We are in powered flight!”
We don't have planes or helicopters, so the only place we can parachute from is tall buildings.
And for wingsuit divers, the only way flight can be “real” is if one can land without a parachute.
1784 (the year the use of one first was attempted, in Paris), from French parachute, literally "that which protects against a fall," hybrid coined by French aeronaut François Blanchard (1753-1809) from para- "defense against" (see para- (2)) + chute "a fall" (see chute).
PARACHUTE, a kind of large and strong umbrella, contrived to break a person's fall from an airballoon, should any accident happen to the balloon at a high elevation. ["Supplement to the Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences," Philadelphia, 1803]
1807, from parachute (n.). Related: Parachuted; parachuting.
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