parachute

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EnglishEdit

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A man with a parachute.

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EtymologyEdit

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

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.
  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.

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VerbEdit

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

  1. To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, 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. (followed by in) To be placed in an organisation in a position of authority without having previous experience there.

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ReferencesEdit

  • parachute” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

parachute m ‎(plural parachutes)

  1. parachute

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