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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [par-uh-shoot]
    • /ˈpær əˌʃut/
    • /ˈpær.ə.ʃuːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [par-uh-shoot]
    • /ˈpær əˌʃut/

Definitions of parachute word

  • noun parachute a folding, umbrellalike, fabric device with cords supporting a harness or straps for allowing a person, object, package, etc., to float down safely through the air from a great height, especially from an aircraft, rendered effective by the resistance of the air that expands it during the descent and reduces the velocity of its fall. 1
  • noun parachute parachute brake. 1
  • noun parachute Horology. a shockproofing device for the balance staff of a watch, consisting of a yielding, springlike support for the bearing at either end. 1
  • noun parachute Informal. the aggregate of benefits, as severance pay or vacation pay, given an employee who is dismissed from a company. golden parachute. 1
  • verb with object parachute to drop or land (troops, equipment, supplies, etc.) by parachute. 1
  • verb without object parachute to descend by parachute. 1

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Origin of parachute

First appearance:

before 1775
One of the 45% newest English words
1775-85; < French, equivalent to para- para-2 + chute fall; see chute1

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Parts of speech for Parachute


parachute popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for parachute

verb parachute

  • barged — a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.
  • curvet — a low leap with all four feet off the ground
  • lollop — British Dialect. to loll; lounge.
  • airdrop — a delivery of supplies, troops, etc, from an aircraft by parachute
  • jounce — a jouncing movement.

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