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delayed opening

(aeronautics) the automatic opening of a parachute after a predetermined delay to allow the parachutist to reach a particular height
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  • Shann delayed opening his eyes until a kind of shame drove him to it.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • Some already had them in hand, but delayed opening fire, a word from baas Rynwald restraining them.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • I delayed opening it in order to pay the tribute of astonishment due to the event by flinging my hands above my head.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • A misgiving came over him as he held the letter in his hand, and he delayed opening it.

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