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parachute

[par-uh-shoot] /ˈpær əˌʃut/
noun
1.
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.
3.
Horology. a shockproofing device for the balance staff of a watch, consisting of a yielding, springlike support for the bearing at either end.
4.
Informal.
  1. the aggregate of benefits, as severance pay or vacation pay, given an employee who is dismissed from a company.
  2. golden parachute.
verb (used with object), parachuted, parachuting.
5.
to drop or land (troops, equipment, supplies, etc.) by parachute.
verb (used without object), parachuted, parachuting.
6.
to descend by parachute.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French, equivalent to para- para-2 + chute fall; see chute1
Related forms
parachutic, adjective
parachutist, parachuter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for parachuting

parachute

/ˈpærəˌʃuːt/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier) parachute troops Sometimes shortened to chute See also brake parachute
verb
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
Derived Forms
parachutist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French, from para-² + chute fall
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Word Origin and History for parachuting
parachute
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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Slang definitions & phrases for parachuting

parachute

noun

: A mixture of crack cocaine and heroin known as ''parachute'' (1980s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

golden parachute


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