- a cord on a parachute that, when pulled, opens the parachute for descent.
- a cord fastened in the bag of a passenger balloon or dirigible so that a sharp pull upon it will rip or open the bag and let the gas escape, causing the balloon to descend rapidly.
Origin of rip cord
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for ripcord
Even if you're already dead, pull the ripcord ring of your chute!Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
I was 23,000 feet up which about four mi1es and did what I was not supposed to do I pulled the ripcord to open my chute.The Biography of a Rabbit
The Major triumphantly pulled a ripcord, and the sheet dropped away.The Great Potlatch Riots
Allen Kim Lang
- a cord that when pulled opens a parachute from its pack
- a cord on the gas bag of a balloon that when pulled opens a panel, enabling gas to escape and the balloon to descend
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