- a cord on a parachute that, when pulled, opens the parachute for descent.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for rip cord
After falling a hundred feet, he pulled the rip-cord, and left the rest to chance.
He fought down an almost overwhelming urge to pull his rip-cord too soon.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
He grabbed his rip-cord ring with his freed right hand, yanked hard, grabbed his bottle to him with both hands again, and waited.Test Pilot
David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
He didnt pull the rip-cord until he had fallen quite a way, because he didnt want the ships to fall on him.
The instant it was past, Warren yanked his rip-cord, and it wasnt a moment too soon, either.The Flying Reporter
Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss