1. A contrivance somewhat in the form of an umbrella, by means of which a descent may be made from a balloon, or any eminence.
2. (Science: zoology) A web or fold of skin which extends between the legs of certain mammals, as the flying squirrels, colugo, and phalangister. Parachutist; parachuting. Parachute = verb
Origin: F, fr. Paper to ward off, guard – chute a fall. See Parry, and Chute, Chance.