Part of speech: noun

A large umbrella - shaped apparatus for retarding the descent of a body through the air, as from a balloon. See illus. in next column.

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Usage examples "parachute":

  1. All its endeavors, therefore, were unsuccessful, though made without doing itself any hurt- thanks to the parachute with which Nature had provided it. - "The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes", Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes.
  2. He had motioned the relief pilot to take the controls, and now the bulk of a parachute pack hung awkwardly behind him. - "The Finding of Haldgren", Charles Willard Diffin.
  3. In this case a slight improvement was made in the parachute. - "Wonderful Balloon Ascents or, the Conquest of the Skies", Fulgence Marion.