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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
golden parachute
▪ Mr deVries says it was never clear the exact terms of Mr Homburg's golden parachute or his priority shares.
▪ He bailed out at just the right time and floated the short distance to earth in a golden parachute.
▪ Students at the college have raised £6,000 for the appeal so far by parachute jumps and other fund-raising efforts.
▪ When Amelia learned to fly in 1921, Lieutenant Harris's parachute jump was still almost two years in the future.
▪ In the same year he made his first parachute jump from an airship.
▪ There's archery on-site too as well as a simulated parachute jump.
▪ During the usual paramilitary, parachute, and security training it emerged that she was an admirable shot.
▪ Earth arrival is accomplished by aerocapture, followed by descent of the sample container under a parachute.
▪ Ford, who weighed about 170 pounds, used a 135-square-foot parachute.
▪ It shows this air crew just as he baled out of the aircraft less his parachute harness which he had abandoned on landing.
▪ Jack fell for Polly like a man with no parachute.
▪ Make a rough sketch of a parachute on the board.
▪ Put the word parachute on the board, as well as other key words in the students' comments.
▪ The children join gleefully in the Frisbee-throwing, football and parachute games, and demand piggy backs from the adults.
▪ And he has failed to develop a mature political persona since he parachuted with fanfare into the national arena last autumn.
▪ But the ability of a Steve Forbes to parachute into that field shows a vacuum there.
▪ He hoped that the rear gunner had been able to parachute to safety.
▪ It is built into the structure of some sports, such as skiing, parachuting, and flying.
▪ Long before the sport was given a name, people were parachuting from tall objects.
▪ She stood and her skirt parachuted back into position.
▪ The rockets fire for two minutes at launch before they are jettisoned from the shuttle to parachute into the sea.
▪ Thus when the glider is launched it takes a second cable and parachute up with it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

parachute \par"a*chute\, v. i. TO descend to th ground from an airplane or other high place using a parachute; as, when the plane stalled, he parachuted safely to the ground.

golden parachute a generous set of financial benefits, including severance pay, provided by contract to a high-level corporate employee in the event s/he is dismissed or his/her job is lost in a corporate takeover or merger; also, the contract providing for such benefits.

drogue parachute a small parachute that is first released and opened in order to more reliably deploy a larger parachute. Also called drogue.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1784 (the year the use of one first was attempted, in Paris), from French parachute, literally "that which protects against a fall," hybrid coined by French aeronaut François Blanchard (1753-1809) from para- "defense against" (see para- (2)) + chute "a fall" (see chute).\n\nPARACHUTE, a kind of large and strong umbrella, contrived to break a person's fall from an airballoon, should any accident happen to the balloon at a high elevation.

["Supplement to the Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences," Philadelphia, 1803]


1807, from parachute (n.). Related: Parachuted; parachuting.


n. 1 (context aviation English) A device, generally constructed from fabric, that is designed to employ air resistance to control the fall of an object. 2 (context zoology English) A web or fold of skin extending between the legs of glide mammals, such as the flying squirrel and colugo. 3 (context BDSM English) A small collar which fastens around the scrotum and from which weights can be hung. vb. To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device.


v. jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute [syn: jump]


n. rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall [syn: chute]

Parachute, CO -- U.S. town in Colorado
Population (2000): 1006
Housing Units (2000): 415
Land area (2000): 1.181871 sq. miles (3.061033 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.047887 sq. miles (0.124026 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.229758 sq. miles (3.185059 sq. km)
FIPS code: 57400
Located within: Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
Location: 39.451732 N, 108.051530 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Parachute, CO
Parachute (Guster album)

Parachute was the first album released by the band Guster. The album was mostly recorded in 1994. 4,000 copies were released under the band name Gus (the band had to change its name shortly afterward when another artist signed a record contract under that name). Those copies are considered very rare by Guster fans.

The stuffed animal on the cover of the album is a childhood toy of the percussionist Brian Rosenworcel and is lovingly referred to as "The Big Friend". It has become a mascot of sorts for the band.

Parachute (disambiguation)

A parachute is a fabric device to slow descent through the air.

Parachute may also refer to:

Parachute (iPod game)

Parachute is an iPod game released by Apple Inc. for various iPod models. The game is installed in the firmware. It is very similar to the Apple II game Sabotage.


A parachute is a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag (or in the case of ram-air parachutes, aerodynamic lift). Parachutes are usually made out of light, strong cloth, originally silk, now most commonly nylon. Parachutes often take the shape of a dome, but shapes may vary including some taking the shape of an inverted dome. Depending on the situation, parachutes are used with a variety of loads, including people, food, equipment, space capsules, and bombs.

Drogue chutes are used to aid horizontal deceleration of a vehicle (a fixed-wing aircraft, or a drag racer), or to provide stability (certain types of light aircraft in distress; tandem free-fall).

Parachute (The Pretty Things album)

Parachute, released in 1970, is The Pretty Things' fifth studio album, following S.F. Sorrow and preceding Freeway Madness. It is their first album without Dick Taylor.

Reviews at the time of release were very positive, with Billboard calling it "another top-flight album" for the band. In 1975, Rolling Stone critic Steve Turner even wrote that it had been "a Rolling Stone 'album of the year'," though in fact Parachute did not place among the magazine's Albums of the Year for 1970 or 1971, and indeed was not mentioned in Rolling Stone until Stephen Holden called it an "obscure underground classic" in his review of Freeway Madness.

The musicians involved were Phil May, Wally Waller, John Povey, Vic Unitt, Skip Alan.

The record was later packaged together with S.F. Sorrow as a double LP titled Real Pretty. In Canada, this album was on Motown Records.

Snapper Records released a 40th anniversary double CD in September 2010 which included acoustic reworkings of various tracks recorded in May 2010 by Wally Waller and Phil May.

Parachute (video game)

Parachute (aka Von Himmel durch die Hoelle) is a video game released in 1983 by Homevision for the Atari 2600. The game puts the player in the role of parachutist who is falling gently from the sky.

In order to land safely, the player must evade aeroplanes, helicopters, birds and hot air balloons. After successfully navigating several screens that progressively increase in speed, the parachutist finally emerges near ground level. In order to achieve a safe landing, the player must simultaneously avoid touching the pacing guard at the bottom while positioning the parachuter on the ground. A higher point bonus is awarded if the parachuter lands near the center of the screen. After landing, the game begins again at an increased difficulty level.

Parachute was one of a few Atari 2600 games to employ in-game background music. The main theme loops throughout the game while occasionally changing pitch.

Category:1983 video games Category:Atari 2600 games Category:Parachuting video games

Parachute (drugs)

Parachuting is a method of swallowing drugs by rolling or folding powdered or crushed drugs in a piece of toilet paper (or other similar paper) to ingest while avoiding the taste of the chemical. It is sometimes called a "snow bomb", especially if using cocaine. This method is used among many pharmaceuticals that are commonly crushed for recreational use. The toilet paper method must use single ply toilet paper or one must separate the layers of double ply. Tissues are also a common go to for this method of drug ingestion. Another common paper used is rolling paper for smoking herbal substances. Opioids and other narcotics, amphetamines, and benzodiazapines are also commonly parachuted to avoid unpleasant tastes. This method's purpose is recreational because it is all absorbed at once when the paper unravels in one's stomach.

Parachute (band)

Parachute is an American pop rock band from Charlottesville, Virginia. Originally formed in 2006, they released their major label debut album Losing Sleep in 2009, their second album The Way It Was in 2011 and their third album, Overnight, in 2013. The band's fourth album, Wide Awake, was released on March 11, 2016.

Parachute (Cheryl Cole song)

"Parachute" is a song by English recording artist Cheryl Cole. It was co-written by Marshall Altman and Ingrid Michaelson and recorded for Cole's debut studio album 3 Words (2009). The song was released on 11 March 2010 as the album's third and final single. "Parachute" became Cole's third consecutive solo UK top 5 hit, and her third Irish top 10 hit. It was nominated for a Brit Award in 2011.

Parachute (brand)

Parachute is a brand name for a range of coconut-based hair products manufactured by Marico.

Parachute (Timomatic song)

"Parachute" is a song by Nigerian-born Australian singer-songwriter and dancer Timomatic. It was released as a digital download in Australia on 5 June 2013. The song peaked at number three on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified two times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. "Parachute" and its accompanying music video were nominated at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Video.

Parachute (Otto Knows song)

"Parachute" is a song by Swedish DJ and music producer Otto Knows. The song was released as a digital download in June 2014 through Refune Music. The song was written by Otto Knows and Simon Strömstedt. The song has peaked to number 27 on the Swedish Singles Chart, the song has also charted in Germany and the Netherlands.

Parachute (Kaiser Chiefs song)

"Parachute" is a song by English band Kaiser Chiefs. It is the lead single from their sixth studio album, Stay Together. The video for the single was directed by Ed Sayers.

Usage examples of "parachute".

Parachute troops had invaded the Netherlands Indies, Thailand was occupied and Indochina was opened up by the acquiescent Vichy regime, bringing the Japanese forward to the eastern frontier of Burma.

I said these words did him extreme credit, but that he must not throw away the imperishable distinction of being the first man to descend an Alp per parachute, simply to save the feelings of some envious underlings.

One, perhaps two, armoured divisions, with one motorised division, about 180 dive-bombers, and some parachute troops, seems to be all that could cross the Bulgarian-Greek frontier up till the middle of February.

These are fitted with attemperators, and parachutes for the removal of yeast, in much the same way as in the skimming system.

One emblematic evening I watched Franklin pump to apogee and bail out, no doubt escaping one of those avuncular Flying Fortresses on a parachute that thighs sacrificed their stocking silks for.

I think first of bailing out, but who can tell where the wind will carry the parachute?

The rather handsome young man standing to attention in his best barathea uniform and polished Sam Browne, pale-blue parachute wings over the pocket.

McWatt winked at him reassuringly as he climbed down from the plane and joshed hospitably with the credulous new pilot and bombardier during the jeep ride back to the squadron, although he did not address a word to Yossarian until all four had returned their parachutes and separated and the two of them were walking side by side toward their own row of tents.

Cowboy hopes to find a window to launch another missile, but the blazing fuel just over the rise is confusing his sensors and the coleopter suddenly banks into a swift turn, scattering thermite decoys that burn like miniature parachute suns, and the window that fluttered open for a second is gone.

His parachute was equipped with an emergency beeper that would have squalled over Guard channel if he had ejected, but nothing had been heard that afternoon.

It happened that the Wasp had been thinking in terms of parachutes even before Fayle mentioned them.

Tut began gathering his parachute, but Festina just waved at me to take care of hers while she set up a Sperm-field anchor.

But seeing Lori again had started something akin to a spark on a parachute.

He felt precisely the sensation of the aeronaut when he cuts loose his parachute and lets his balloon drift away.

The flames of engine and parachute were an ochreous yellow against the backdrop of grey clouds.