Meaning of CHUTE in English

CHUTE

/ ʃuːt; NAmE / noun

1.

a tube or passage down which people or things can slide :

a water chute (= at a swimming pool)

a laundry / rubbish / garbage chute (= from the upper floors of a high building)

2.

( informal ) = parachute

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WORD ORIGIN

sense 1 early 19th cent. (originally a North American usage): from French , fall (of water or rocks), from Old French cheoite , feminine past participle of cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere ; influenced by shoot .

sense 2 1920s: shortened form.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.