parachute

See also: parachuté

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A man with a parachute.

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French parachute, from para- (protection against) (as in parasol) and chute (fall).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpæɹəʃuːt/
  • (file)

NounEdit

parachute (plural parachutes)

  1. (aviation) A device, generally constructed from fabric, that is designed to employ air resistance to control the fall of an object or person, causing them to float instead of falling.
  2. (zoology) A web or fold of skin extending between the legs of gliding mammals, such as the flying squirrel and colugo.
  3. (BDSM) A small collar which fastens around the scrotum and from which weights can be hung.
    • 2013, Mistress Peggy Sue, Guide to Female Supremacy (page 75)
      Parachutes are usually made of leather and can be purchased through most fetish catalogs or stores catering to the BDSM scene.
    • 2016, John Caesar, Wife Scorned!
      She came near and grabbed his balls tightly with her left hand, tugging them downward while applying a parachute harness with her right hand. [] His balls stretched downward under the delicious weight.

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parachute (third-person singular simple present parachutes, present participle parachuting, simple past and past participle parachuted)

  1. (intransitive) To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
  2. (transitive) To introduce into a place using such a device.
    The soldiers were parachuted behind enemy lines.
  3. (transitive) To place (somebody) in an organisation in a position of authority without their having previous experience there; used with in or into.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French parachute.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌpaː.raːˈʃyt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pa‧ra‧chute
  • Rhymes: -yt

NounEdit

parachute m (plural parachutes, diminutive parachuutje n)

  1. parachute
    Synonym: valscherm

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  • Papiamentu: parachüt

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From para- (protection against) +‎ chute (fall)

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parachute m (plural parachutes)

  1. parachute

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