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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)

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.

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."