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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rip cord in a sentence

  • I was 23,000 feet up which about four mi1es and did what I was not supposed to do I pulled the ripcord to open my chute.

  • The Major triumphantly pulled a ripcord, and the sheet dropped away.

    The Great Potlatch Riots | Allen Kim Lang
  • Even if you're already dead, pull the ripcord ring of your chute!

    Lords of the Stratosphere | Arthur J. Burks

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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