Meaning of PARACHUTE in English


I. par ‧ a ‧ chute 1 /ˈpærəʃuːt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Language: French ; Origin: para- (as in parasol) + chute 'fall' ]

a piece of equipment fastened to the back of people who jump out of planes, which makes them fall slowly and safely to the ground:

a parachute jump

II. parachute 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to jump from a plane using a parachute

parachute into

They parachuted into Vietnam in 1968.

2 . [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to drop something from a plane with a parachute

parachute something to/into something

Supplies have been parachuted into the area.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.