- an inclined channel, as a trough, tube, or shaft, for conveying water, grain, coal, etc., to a lower level.
- a waterfall or steep descent, as in a river.
- a water slide, as at an amusement park.
- a steep slope, as for tobogganing.
- 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.
- to descend by or as if by means of a chute.
- 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
- a parachute.
- to descend from the air by or as if by a parachute.
- to drop from an aircraft by means of a parachute: Supplies were chuted to the snowbound mountain climbers.
Origin of chute2
Examples from the Web for chute
Lane rose, but then he motioned to the chute, where the other cowboys were sitting astride the fences.
Some get hurt in the chute, which fits the bull like a coffin.
Say what you will about the Israelis, but they are not slow out of the chute.Kinky for Perry
August 24, 2011
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
I'll get ya the plane and chute if y'll put up a deposit to cover the cost.Disowned
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
- an inclined channel or vertical passage down which water, parcels, coal, etc, may be dropped
- a steep slope, used as a slide as for toboggans
- a slide into a swimming pool
- a narrow passageway through which animals file for branding, spraying, etc
- a rapid or waterfall
- informal short for parachute
Word Origin and History for chute
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).
short for parachute (n.), attested from 1920.