- 1A sloping channel or slide for conveying things to a lower level: cement was loaded on to barges via chutesMore example sentences
- The pill slides down the chute into a flexible tube leading to the patient's mouth.
- Facility workers use front-end loaders to shove the trash into two floor chutes, which funnel it to a lower level.
- Disabled people could also be lowered down the chutes more slowly in stretchers.
- 1.1A water slide into a swimming pool.More example sentences
- But modern-day swimming pool chutes and ponies captured the imagination and attention of the youngsters.
- If it is successful it would mean the new baths being built just yards away from the old £5 million Water Place with its water chutes and fun pool, which is soon to be bulldozed.
- These are three towering water chutes, in varying levels of steepness, down which you plunge in a rubber dinghy.
early 19th century (originally a North American usage): from French, 'fall' (of water or rocks), from Old French cheoite, feminine past participle of cheoir 'to fall', from Latin cadere; influenced by shoot.
- 1A parachute.More example sentences
- A skydiver aged 20 said she was ‘totally amazed’ at being alive yesterday after the main chute of her parachute failed to open as she leapt from a plane at 4,000 ft.
- Neither his main parachute or reserve chute appear to have deployed properly after he jumped from a Cessna 182 aircraft.
- A murder inquiry was launched after police discovered that the cord on his main parachute and the strapping on his reserve chute had been expertly and deliberately severed.
- 1.1 Sailing A spinnaker.More example sentences
- One of the people who was now excited about taking a chute for a sail was Jak.
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- No one is needed to stop the chute or collapse it; this is done simply by releasing one or both of the risers, giving the chutist adequate safety control.
- In this way, the wind forces can be dissipated and the chutist allowed time to collapse the parachute in a safe manner, avoiding injuries commonly incurred when dragged over terrain upon landing.
- The distance between the chutists does not appear to be great, but it's crucial when there is such a tight margin for error, especially at harrowing speeds.
1920s: shortened form.