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chute1

[shoot] /ʃut/
noun
1.
an inclined channel, as a trough, tube, or shaft, for conveying water, grain, coal, etc., to a lower level.
2.
a waterfall or steep descent, as in a river.
3.
a water slide, as at an amusement park.
4.
a steep slope, as for tobogganing.
verb (used with object), chuted, chuting.
5.
to move or deposit, by or as if by means of a chute:
The dock had facilities for chuting grain directly into the hold of a vessel.
verb (used without object), chuted, chuting.
6.
to descend by or as if by means of a chute.
Idioms
7.
out of the chute, at the start; at the very beginning:
The new business made mistakes right out of the chute and failed within a year.
Origin of chute1
1715-1725
1715-25; < French, Middle French, representing Old French cheoite a fall, nominalized feminine past participle of cheoir to fall (< Vulgar Latin *cadēre, for Latin cadere; cf. cadence, case1), with vowel of Middle French chue, Old French cheue, a variant past participle; some senses influenced by shoot1

chute2

[shoot] /ʃut/
noun
1.
verb (used without object), chuted, chuting.
2.
to descend from the air by or as if by a parachute.
verb (used with object), chuted, chuting.
3.
to drop from an aircraft by means of a parachute:
Supplies were chuted to the snowbound mountain climbers.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for chute
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  • Even if you're already dead, pull the ripcord ring of your chute!

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • It stops, in its turn, before a chute of smooth granite in the form of a bowl.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • I'll get ya the plane and chute if y'll put up a deposit to cover the cost.

    Disowned Victor Endersby
  • As the door swung open, he threw the 'chute out toward the ground.

    The Great Drought Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • This chute, Fuller had said, led to the outside at the back of the reduction plant.

    Vulcan's Workshop Harl Vincent
  • I found the vein a thousand feet up the chute of Dry Fork Gulch.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • They fled toward a patch of rocks and cactus in the direction of Devil's chute.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for chute

chute1

/ʃuːt/
noun
1.
an inclined channel or vertical passage down which water, parcels, coal, etc, may be dropped
2.
a steep slope, used as a slide as for toboggans
3.
a slide into a swimming pool
4.
a narrow passageway through which animals file for branding, spraying, etc
5.
a rapid or waterfall
Word Origin
C19: from Old French cheoite, feminine past participle of cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere; in some senses, a variant spelling of shoot

chute2

/ʃuːt/
noun, verb
1.
(informal) short for parachute
Derived Forms
chutist, noun
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Word Origin and History for chute
n.1

1725, American English, "fall of water" (earlier shoot, 1610s), from French chute "fall," from Old French cheoite "a fall," fem. past participle of cheoir "to fall," from Latin cadere (see case (n.1)). Meaning "inclined tube, trough" is from 1804; that of "narrow passage for cattle, etc." first recorded 1881. In North America, absorbing some senses of similar-sounding shoot (n.1).

n.2

short for parachute (n.), attested from 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chute

chute

noun

A parachute (1920+)

Related Terms

poop chute

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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