rip cord

  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

First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby rip cord Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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


/ (ˈrɪpˌkɔːd) /

  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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