Meaning of CHUTE in English


I. noun

also shute ˈshüt, usu -üd.+V

( -s )

Etymology: French, from Old French, feminine of chu, past participle of cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere — more at chance


a. : fall 3b

b. : a quick descent (as in a river), steep channel, or narrow sloping passage by which water falls to a lower level : rapid

2. : an artificial or natural inclined plane, sloping channel, or partially or completely covered passage (as a trough, framework) down or through which substances or bodies (as water, coal, ore, grain, or logs) may pass or slide usually to a lower level : flume , slide


a. : a narrow high-walled passageway or similar device for holding or restraining animals (as cattle for branding or dehorning)

b. : a straight extension of the home stretch of a race track : an extension of the straightaway portion of an oval running track

c. : ore shoot


[by shortening]

: parachute

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

: to convey by a chute

intransitive verb

1. : to go in or as if in a chute

2. : to utilize a chute (as by passing ore down it)

- chute the chutes

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.