Parachute
Parachute Par"a*chute (p[a^]r"[.a]*sh[=oo]t or p[a^]r"[.a]*sh[udd]t), n. [F., fr. parer to ward off, guard + chute a fall. See {Parry}, and {Chute}, {Chance}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A web or fold of skin which extends between the legs of certain mammals, as the flying squirrels, colugo, and phalangister. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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