from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Any of various similar unpowered devices that are used for retarding free-speeding or free-falling motion.
- transitive v. To drop (supplies or troops, for example) by means of a parachute.
- intransitive v. To descend by means of a parachute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device, generally constructed from fabric, that is designed to employ air resistance to control the fall of an object.
- n. A web or fold of skin extending between the legs of gliding mammals, such as the flying squirrel and colugo.
- v. To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device.
- v. To be placed in an organisation in a position of seniority without having previous experience there.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A device made of a piece of cloth, usually silk, attached to multiple chords fastened to a harness; when attached to a person or object falling through the air, it opens from a folded configuration into an umbrella-shaped form, thus slowing the rate of descent so that a safe descent and landing may be made through the air from an airplane, balloon, or other high point. It is commonly used for descending to the ground from a flying airplane, as for military operations (as of airborne troops) or in an emergency, or for sport. In the case of use as a sport, the descent from an airplane by parachute is called sky diving. Some older versions of parachute were more rigid, and were shaped somewhat in the form of an umbrella.
- n. A web or fold of skin which extends between the legs of certain mammals, as the flying squirrels, colugo, and phalangister.
- intransitive v. TO descend to th ground from an airplane or other high place using a parachute
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus, usually of an umbrella shape, 20 or 30 feet in diameter, carried in a balloon, that the aëronaut may by its aid drop to the ground without sustaining injury.
- n. A safety-cage (which see).
- n. In zoology, same as patagium.
- n. A broad-brimmed hat worn by women toward the close of the eighteenth century.
- To descend by or as if by the aid of a parachute.
- n. A large funnel of tinned copper set in the skimming-vat of a brewery, the mouth on a level with the surface of the beer, used to receive and carry off the yeast which is skimmed into it by means of a plank paddle.
- n. In botany, a down or tuft of hairs attached to a seed enabling it to float in the air as if supported by a parachute: most properly, a tuft supported by a long beak as in the dandelion (see pappus, cut a), but also applied more broadly. Often adjectival, as in the phrases parachute mechanisms, parachute seeds, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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.
Falling off a 700 story building without a parachute is a real Howler.
Today, a parachute is a drag chute and both crewmen were onboard the aircraft.
Over the years he's developed a technique in which he sketches out his works, then paints them in sections on what he calls parachute paper, a thin but durable substance.
I agree: if a golden parachute is the difference between black and red ink, then the golden parachute oughta go.
It was called â€œthe belly pack, â€ because the rest of the soldierâ€ ™ s gear was worn below the main parachute pack on the soldierâ€ ™ s back.
My main parachute had malfunctioned and all my attempts to correct it proved futile.
Then I released the second (last) buckle, dramatically accelerated downward, and saw the tangled mess of the main parachute assembly, shroud-lines, and canopy material fly away from me like a bird of prey releasing a mouse that was too small to eat.