rip cord


noun

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.

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Origin of rip cord

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for rip cord

ripcord
/ (ˈrɪpˌkɔːd) /

noun

a cord that when pulled opens a parachute from its pack
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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