from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A parachute used to stabilize or decelerate a fast-moving object, especially a small parachute used to slow down a reentering spacecraft or satellite prior to deployment of the main parachute.
- noun A small parachute used to pull a main parachute from its storage pack.
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- noun a small parachute that pulls the main parachute from its storage pack
- noun a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly
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