chute

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
chute1 /ʃut/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a sloping trough or shaft for sending water, grain, etc., to a lower level:a mail chute; a laundry chute.
  2. a waterfall or steep descent, as in a river.
  3. a water slide, as at an amusement park.

chute2 /ʃut/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Aeronauticsa parachute.
chut•ist, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
chute1  (sho̅o̅t),USA pronunciation n., v.,  chut•ed, chut•ing. 
n. 
  1. an inclined channel, as a trough, tube, or shaft, for conveying water, grain, coal, etc., to a lower level.
  2. a waterfall or steep descent, as in a river.
  3. a water slide, as at an amusement park.
  4. a steep slope, as for tobogganing.
  5. Idiomsout of the chute, at the start;
    at the very beginning:The new business made mistakes right out of the chute and failed within a year.

v.t. 
  1. to move or deposit, by or as if by means of a chute:The dock had facilities for chuting grain directly into the hold of a vessel.

v.i. 
  1. to descend by or as if by means of a chute.
  • Vulgar Latin *cadēre, for Latin cadere; compare cadence, case1), with vowel of Middle French chue, Old French cheue, a variant past participle; some senses influenced by shoot
  • French, Middle French, representing Old French cheoite a fall, nominalized feminine past participle of cheoir to fall (
  • 1715–25

chute2  (sho̅o̅t),USA pronunciation n., v.,  chut•ed, chut•ing. 
n. 
  1. Aeronauticsa parachute.

v.i. 
  1. Aeronauticsto descend from the air by or as if by a parachute.

v.t. 
  1. Aeronauticsto drop from an aircraft by means of a parachute:Supplies were chuted to the snowbound mountain climbers.
  • by shortening 1915–20, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

chute /ʃuːt/ n
  1. an inclined channel or vertical passage down which water, parcels, coal, etc, may be dropped
  2. a steep slope, used as a slide as for toboggans
  3. a slide into a swimming pool
  4. a rapid or waterfall
Etymology: 19th Century: from Old French cheoite, feminine past participle of cheoir to fall, from Latin cadere; in some senses, a variant spelling of shoot
chute /ʃuːt/ n , vb
  1. informal
    short for parachute

ˈchutist n



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