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Definition of parachute noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(informal chute)
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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
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