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[par-uh-sey-ling] /ˈpær əˌseɪ lɪŋ/
the sport of soaring while harnessed to a parasail that is towed by a motorboat, car, or other fast-moving vehicle, from which one often releases oneself to float freely.
Also, para-sailing.
Also called parakiting.
Origin of parasailing


[par-uh-seyl] /ˈpær əˌseɪl/
a special parachute, kept open with wing-tip holders to help provide lift, used in parasailing.
verb (used without object)
to engage in parasailing.
para-3 + sail Unabridged
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Examples from the web for parasailing
  • The company also offers boat trips, including parasailing excursions.
  • There are a number of options, ranging from parasailing to scuba diving.
  • Explore the waters on a kayak trip, catamaran cruise or parasailing adventure.
  • These are in addition to such current offerings as snorkeling, floats, an inflatable hippo slide and parasailing.
  • Thrill-seeking couples may enjoy parasailing on the island for a bird's-eye look at the scenery.
  • Private tennis lessons, horseback riding and parasailing are available for additional fees.
  • Guests can try out several water sports, including parasailing or kayaking.
  • The ocean provides opportunities for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkeling and parasailing.
  • Aside from the amenities, the resort offers guests beach activities such as kayaking, parasailing and wave running.
  • Deep-sea fishing charters and dolphin watching are available one mile from the hotel, as are jet-ski rentals and parasailing.
British Dictionary definitions for parasailing


a sport in which a water-skier wearing a parachute is towed by a speedboat, becomes airborne, and sails along in the air
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Word Origin and History for parasailing



1963, from first element of parachute + sail. As a verb from 1970. Related: Parasailing.

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