- the aggregate of benefits, as severance pay or vacation pay, given an employee who is dismissed from a company.
- golden parachute.
verb (used with object), par·a·chut·ed, par·a·chut·ing.
verb (used without object), par·a·chut·ed, par·a·chut·ing.
- parachute brake,
- parachute mitral valve,
- parachute reflex,
- parachute rigger,
- parachute spinnaker
Origin of parachute
Examples from the Web for parachute
Are you the kind of criminal who steals a plane and then jumps without a parachute from high over a body of water?I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Daniel Craig, in his finest Bond dinner jacket, called at the Palace and invited her to parachute into the stadium with him.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And for wingsuit divers, the only way flight can be “real” is if one can land without a parachute.
The modern history of the flight, however, gets its start with Jacques-Sébastien Lenormand and his parachute in 1783.
The second story, which really picks up steam in the latter half of the book, is the race to land without a parachute.
They straddled legs over the parachute bar, and tied his feet below it.Danny's Own Story|Don Marquis
He was the first to make a parachute descent from an airship; this was from the airship Delta, in 1913.The War in the Air; Vol. 1|Walter Raleigh.
And of course the wind may play pranks with the parachute–drift it away down the mountainside!Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl|Isabel Katherine Hornibrook
This was attached to a parachute which, if the emergency arose, could be dropped.Lords of the Stratosphere|Arthur J. Burks
It was, however, reserved for M. Jacques Garnerin in 1797 to make the first parachute descent that attracted general attention.The Dominion of the Air|J. M. Bacon
- a device used to retard the fall of a man or package from an aircraft, consisting of a large fabric canopy connected to a harness
- (as modifier)parachute troops Sometimes shortened to: chute See also brake parachute
Word Origin for parachute
1784 (the year the use of one first was attempted, in Paris), from French parachute, literally "that which protects against a fall," hybrid coined by French aeronaut François Blanchard (1753-1809) from para- "defense against" (see para- (2)) + chute "a fall" (see chute).
PARACHUTE, a kind of large and strong umbrella, contrived to break a person's fall from an airballoon, should any accident happen to the balloon at a high elevation. ["Supplement to the Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences," Philadelphia, 1803]
1807, from parachute (n.). Related: Parachuted; parachuting.