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1. An apparatus used to retard free fall from an aircraft, consisting of a light, usually hemispherical canopy attached by cords to a harness and worn or stored folded until deployed in descent.
2. Any of various similar unpowered devices that are used for retarding free-speeding or free-falling motion.
v. par·a·chut·ed, par·a·chut·ing, par·a·chutes
To drop (supplies or troops, for example) by means of a parachute.
To descend by means of a parachute.
[French : para(sol), parasol; see parasol + chute, fall; see chute.]
par′a·chut′ist, par′a·chut′er n.
(Aeronautics) the hobby, sport, or practice of landing by parachute from an aircraft