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pilot chute Syllabification: pi·lot chute

Definition of pilot chute in English:


A small parachute used to bring the main one into operation.
Example sentences
  • Standard pilot chute parachutes fall out of the pack and rely on air coming over the back of the car to deploy them.
  • The national safety and operations manager, said the chain of events that led to her death started with the incorrect packing of the pilot chute, which is used to drag the main parachute from its pack.
  • Once the bridle between the pilot chute and the main canopy had been cut, the pilot chute was no longer attached to the pin or the canopy; there was nothing to pull the pin and drag the main out of the container.

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Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive