Definition of "parachute" []

  • An apparatus used to retard free fall from an aircraft, consisting of a light, usually hemispherical canopy attached by cords to a harness and worn or stored folded until deployed in descent. (noun)
  • Any of various similar unpowered devices that are used for retarding free-speeding or free-falling motion. (noun)
  • To drop (supplies or troops, for example) by means of a parachute. (verb-transitive)
  • To descend by means of a parachute. (verb-intransitive)
  • 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 (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • (of troops, supplies, etc) to land or cause to land by parachute from an aircraft (verb)
  • (in an election) to bring in (a candidate, esp someone well known) from outside the constituency (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "parachute" in a sentence
  • "We will give people t-shirts and parachute men painted gold because McGavick is getting a �golden parachute� with the $4.5 million in stock options he is getting from Safeco Insurance."
  • "The term parachute almost makes it seem like there's some sort of financial salvation out there for everyone."
  • "Like most aspects of early hip-hop, these baggy pants were appropriated into mainstream culture, where the term parachute expanded to describe the large amount of fabric used for them."