parachute

Definitions

  • Parachute Fruits
    Parachute Fruits
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v parachute jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute
    • n parachute rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"STEVENS CAME DOWN ONCE WITH A PARACHUTE TWO MILES OUT IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN—AND WAS PROMPTLY RESCUED." "STEVENS CAME DOWN ONCE WITH A PARACHUTE TWO MILES OUT IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN—AND WAS PROMPTLY RESCUED."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: February 17th, 1930, was the first flight by a cow in an airplane. The milk that was produced by the cow during the flight was put into containers and parachuted over the city of St. Louis
    • Parachute 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.
    • Parachute (Zoöl) A web or fold of skin which extends between the legs of certain mammals, as the flying squirrels, colugo, and phalangister.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Russian I.M. Chisov survived a 21,980 plunge out of a plane with no parachute. He landed on the steep side of a snow-covered mountain with only a fractured pelvis and slight concussion
    • n parachute 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. This is effected by means of the resistance of the air, which causes the parachute to expand and then resists its descent. When not in use, the parachute closes like an umbrella.
    • n parachute A safety-cage (which see).
    • n parachute In zoology, same as patagium.
    • n parachute A broad-brimmed hat worn by women toward the close of the eighteenth century.
    • parachute To descend by or as if by the aid of a parachute.
    • n parachute 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 parachute 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.
    • n Parachute par′a-shōōt an apparatus like an umbrella for descending safely from a balloon
    • v.t., v.i Parachute to descend by means of such
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Quotations

  • Benny Hill
    Benny Hill
    “Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.”
  • Margaret Mead
    Margaret%20Mead
    “Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump; you have to get it right the first time.”
  • Thomas Robert Dewar
    Thomas Robert Dewar
    “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The mind like a parachute functions only when open.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. parer, to ward off, guard + chute, a fall. See Parry, and Chute Chance

Usage

In literature:

One man, in a parachute.
"Summer Snow Storm" by Adam Chase
He felt, as I suppose people feel when they jump off cliffs with parachutes, that return was impossible.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
His courage and gallantry were unfailing, and his parachute descents were legion.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Ready with your parachute?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Caught by the wind, these things opened out into parachutes, from which were suspended large silk flags.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
The parachute failed to open.
"The Foreign Hand Tie" by Gordon Randall Garrett
And it was delicious to watch the frightened observer tumble over the side of the basket in an effort to escape by parachute.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Each of us had a little parachute.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
They had released parachute flares and located the village of Naousa.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
To let down a man of ordinary size from any height, a parachute of a hemispherical form, twenty-five feet in diameter, is required.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
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In poetry:

She folds her memories like a parachute.
Dropped, she collects the peat
and cooks her veggies at home: they shoot
here where they eat.
"Belfast Tune" by Joseph Brodsky
That caught and stuck on the horns of the moon,
And he hung up there till next day noon--
When all at once he exclaimed, "Hoot-toot!"
And then came down in his parachute.
"A Session With Uncle Sidney" by James Whitcomb Riley
The wondering air grows mute,
As her pearly parachute
Cometh slowly down from heaven, softly floating to and fro;
And the earth emits no sound,
As lightly on the ground
Leaps the silvery-footed Spirit of the Snow.
"The Spirit Of The Snow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Walter Cronkite hosting the coverage on CBS TV, they'd spot the orange and white parachutes carrying the space capsule floating to a spashdown in the ocean and they would hoist the ship on to the awaiting ship.
Here, he and Tiny watch Broadwick stitch up the canopy of a parachute.
Silvers has been power parachute flying since 1986.
Hold onto your parachute pants.
View all Parachute 's Chart History.
If you find yourself in the UK this holiday season, do grab the Paul Smith parachute backpack.
Originally named "Sparky's Flaw", the band changed its name to " Parachute " in 2008.
Since their graduation, Parachute has been touring with artists like O.A.R.
Custom-made parachutes helped the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity touch down safely on the Red Planet.
Then design your own parachute and test it out in our virtual wind tunnel.
Parachute 's performance 'Something to Believe In'.
Children with Project Heartbeat got their hearts racing in a teambuilding activity under the rainbow parachute at Variety's Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children.
A parachute for Americans on their fiscal cliff.
Parachute stopped by the Corner Lounge to give us a preview of their new album "The Way It Was".
Like anything, someone had to be the first person to do something and with parachuting the first verified parachute jump was more by a Frenchman more than 200 years ago.
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In science:

However, in this step one parachutes by hand a result from full LQG into LQC.
Robustness of key features of loop quantum cosmology
In retrospect, this step is parachuted from the more complete quantum mechanics.
Robustness of key features of loop quantum cosmology
In a similar vein the quantization of area is parachuted into LQC from the more complete theory of quantum geometry in LQG.
Robustness of key features of loop quantum cosmology
When such an ob ject is motioned by an outer fluid in a narrow channel, such as the capillaries for red blood cells, then its stationary shape is a ”parachute” shape .
The camera method, or how to track numerically a deformable particle moving in a fluid network
In stationary regime, the vesicles takes the shape of a parachute.
The camera method, or how to track numerically a deformable particle moving in a fluid network
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