rip cord


noun
  1. a cord on a parachute that, when pulled, opens the parachute for descent.

  2. 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

1
First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby rip cord

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How to use rip cord in a sentence

  • Then Jimmy saw him reach for the rip-cord, grasp the metal ring, and give it a sharp jerk.

    The Flying Reporter | Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • At any rate he cut off thinking about other things and gave the rip-cord ring a smart jerk.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F | R. Sidney Bowen
  • "So I did pull my rip cord ring," Dawson breathed, as memory of those weird crazy moments between life and death came back to him.

    Dave Dawson at Truk | Robert Sydney Bowen
  • That being the case, the sooner he pulled the rip cord on the second chute, the better off he would be.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol | Henry Harley Arnold
  • He counted up to twenty, then tightened his grip on the rip-cord ring and jerked it hard.

British Dictionary definitions for ripcord

ripcord

/ (ˈrɪpˌkɔːd) /


noun
  1. a cord that when pulled opens a parachute from its pack

  2. 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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