or par·a-sail·ing



the sport of soaring while harnessed to a parasail that is towed by a motorboat, car, or other fast-moving vehicle, from which one often releases oneself to float freely.

Origin of parasailing

Also called parakiting.




a special parachute, kept open with wing-tip holders to help provide lift, used in parasailing.

verb (used without object)

to engage in parasailing.

Origin of parasail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parasailing

Contemporary Examples of parasailing

  • They can arrange a jetskiing tour for two people or twenty, a banana boat for the kids, or parasailing for the adventurous.

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    Jolie Hunt

    January 1, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for parasailing



a sport in which a water-skier wearing a parachute is towed by a speedboat, becomes airborne, and sails along in the air
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Word Origin and History for parasailing



1963, from first element of parachute + sail. As a verb from 1970. Related: Parasailing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper