Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inclined trough, passage, or channel through or down which things may pass.
  • n. A waterfall or rapid.
  • n. A parachute.
  • transitive v. To convey or deposit by a chute.
  • intransitive v. To go or descend by a chute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A framework, trough, or tube, upon or through which objects are made to slide from a higher to a lower level, or through which water passes to a wheel.
  • n. parachute

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A framework, trough, or tube, upon or through which objects are made to slide from a higher to a lower level, or through which water passes to a wheel.
  • n. See Shoot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To send down or through a chute, as logs.
  • n. An inclined trough or tube along which things can slide from a higher to a lower level; a shoot.
  • n. A waterfall or rapid; a fall over which timber is floated.
  • n. An opening in a dam through which to float timber.
  • n. In Louisiana and along the Mississippi, a bayou or side channel; also, a narrow passage between two islands, or between an island and the shore.
  • n. In mining. See shoot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sloping channel through which things can descend
  • v. jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute
  • n. rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall

Etymologies

French, a fall, alteration (influenced by chu) of Old French cheoite, from feminine past participle of cheoir, to fall, from Vulgar Latin *cadēre, from Latin cadere; Sense 3, short for parachute.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chute (Wiktionary)

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