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drogue parachute


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

  • n. 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.
  • n. A small parachute used to pull a main parachute from its storage pack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. a small parachute that is first released and opened in order to more reliably deploy a larger parachute. Also called drogue.

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

  • n. a small parachute that pulls the main parachute from its storage pack
  • n. a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly


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