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[ shoot ]
/ ʃut /
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Definition of chute

noun
verb (used with object), chut·ed, chut·ing.
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), chut·ed, chut·ing.
to descend by or as if by means of a chute.
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Idioms about 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 chute

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First recorded in 1715–25; from French, Middle French, representing Old French cheoite “a fall,” noun use of feminine past participle of cheoir “to fall” (from unattested Vulgar Latin cadēre, for Latin cadere ), with vowel of Middle French chue, Old French cheue, a variant past participle; some senses influenced by shoot1;see also cadence, case1

Other definitions for chute (2 of 2)

chute2
[ shoot ]
/ ʃut /

noun
verb (used without object), chut·ed, chut·ing.
to descend from the air by or as if by a parachute.
verb (used with object), chut·ed, chut·ing.
to drop from an aircraft by means of a parachute: Supplies were chuted to the snowbound mountain climbers.

Origin of chute

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An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; by shortening
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How to use chute in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chute (1 of 2)

chute1
/ (ʃuːt) /

noun
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

Word Origin for chute

C19: from Old French cheoite, feminine past participle of cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere; in some senses, a variant spelling of shoot

British Dictionary definitions for chute (2 of 2)

chute2
/ (ʃuːt) /

noun, verb
informal short for parachute

Derived forms of chute

chutist, noun
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