parachute noun definition in Plane travel topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

parachute

 noun: Plane travel topic
(informal chute) a device that is attached to people or objects to make them fall slowly and safely when they are dropped from an aircraft. It consists of a large piece of thin cloth that opens out in the air to form an umbrella shape. Planes dropped supplies by parachute. a parachute drop/jump a parachute regiment