• WordNet 3.6
    • v chute jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute
    • n chute sloping channel through which things can descend
    • n chute rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chute 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.
    • Chute See Shoot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chute An inclined trough or tube along which things can slide from a higher to a lower level; a shoot.
    • n chute A waterfall or rapid; a fall over which timber is floated.
    • n chute An opening in a dam through which to float timber.
    • n chute 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 chute In mining. See shoot.
    • chute To send down or through a chute, as logs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chute shōōt a waterfall, rapid: a channel down which to pass water, logs, rubbish, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. chute, prop. a fall
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chute, a fall.


In literature:

The slide was as smooth as most of the chutes he had ever encountered at summer swimming pools.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
He crumpled the newspaper, dropped it into a nearby waste chute, and walked on through the night toward the Neurophysical Institute.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
In a few more strides, Alex would be over its outer perimeter spiralling down endless chutes of dirt.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
In a minute, several dozen tiny contacts came down a chute.
"The Junkmakers" by Albert R. Teichner
After all, life is very much like shooting the chutes.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Down the chute with him, boys!
"Satan and the Comrades" by Ralph Bennitt
She is "shooting the chutes", getting the thrill of danger with escape fully expected.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
The "Water-Chute" or water tobogganing, is a Canadian pastime, which has been popular in London and elsewhere.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
She might serve as the model for a Spanish Ann Chute.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
In the first place it had been constructed to serve the purpose of a stairway and chute.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
The co-pilot helped us don the 'chutes, and five minutes before arrival opened the heavy side door.
"Call Him Savage" by John Pollard
R. H. Chute, 59 Mass.
"In and Out of Rebel Prisons" by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
The coal thunders down the chutes to the waiting barges, and raises a smother of choking dust.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
The boys were out on the float, splashing about, occasionally "shooting the chutes" and diving from the pier.
"The Motor Girls on the Coast" by Margaret Penrose
He shredded the bag and his extra clothing, tossing them into the disposal chute.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
The incinerator chute was at the rear of the hall, next to the service stairs.
"Know Thy Neighbor" by Elisabeth R. Lewis
At any rate, I saw her shoving her shirt into the disposer chute.
"The Moralist" by Jack Taylor
The chute in the desk clattered noisily and ejected a packet.
"The Impossible Voyage Home" by Floyd L. Wallace
Then down Constitution Hill we swept as if gliding along a chute.
"Sir Hilton's Sin" by George Manville Fenn
Mr Chute, on the contrary, was very dignified and stern, but ready to raise his best hat to Hazel whenever he had a chance.
"The New Mistress" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Then we had to shoot the chutes
And climb a flight of stairs,
We never had a chance to stop
Or time to say our prayers.
"The Epic Of The Hog" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

Maui County officials reported that county rescue workers were dispatched to mile marker 37 on Honoapi'ilani Highway on Thursday, April 12, to aide two injured hikers in what is commonly known as the Three Sisters or Chutes and Ladders area.
Mushers for the UP 200 and Midnight Run gathered in Marquette for the musher banquet and to see who is first out of the chute.
0This line of Hi-Vi electromagnetic bin vibrators features 12 AC drive units that improve the flow of hard-to-handle materials deposited into bins, hoppers, and chutes.
Nearly two years after Steven Slater's epic freak-out in which he rode an emergency chute to freedom after an altercation with a passenger, another flight attendant has allegedly gone off the deep end.
Corps puts on press for its Jameson chute plan.
Lake Tahoe ski resorts feature exciting bowls, chutes, glades and groomers — everything to ensure a special Lake Tahoe skiing experience for all levels.
Chugiak's Jim Lanier leaves the starting chute for the 2012 Iditarod on Sunday, March 4 in Willow.
2-year-old Cayden climbed into his family's old laundry chute, and fell in feet first.
Boy rescued from Manchester laundry chute.
A child who fell about 20 feet down a laundry chute had to be rescued by Manchester firefighters on Thanksgiving morning.
New Hampshire toddler rescued from laundry chute.
2-year-old boy gets stuck in laundry chute in New Hampshire.
Toddler trapped inside laundry chute on Thanksgiving.
New Transfer Chutes Clamp Down on Coal Dust at Westar Energy.
BRAEBURN, Yukon — Allen Moore, the Two Rivers musher who was the first to leave Fairbanks start chute of the Yukon Quest on Feb 4, is setting himself up to be the first into the Whitehorse finish chute.

In science:

Bollen, J., Van de Sompel, H., Hagberg, A., Bettencourt, L., Chute, R., Rodriguez, M.A., Balakireva, L.: Clickstream data yields high-resolution maps of science.
Development of Computer Science Disciplines - A Social Network Analysis Approach
Bollen, J., de Sompel, H.V., Hagberg, A.A., Chute, R.: A principal component analysis of 39 scientific impact measures.
Development of Computer Science Disciplines - A Social Network Analysis Approach
Hogue and Newland investigate the flow of granular material on an inclined chute and through a hopper using a model where the boundary of the convex particles is given by a polygon with up to 24 vertices.
Simulation of rotating drum experiments using non-circular particles