A cord pulled to release the pack of a parachute.(noun)
A cord pulled to release gas from a balloon.(noun)
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Use "ripcord" in a sentence
"After a year of wrestling with the decision, however, the Balints are finally pulling the ripcord."
"Royce immediately pulled the ripcord, felt the massive jerk of deployment, then began gliding in a slow circle down toward the speck in the water below."
"I used to like the prong rests because it was simple but the helical fletching is a problem so i switched to the ripcord and never looked back."