One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cord that is pulled to open a parachute.
- ‘The pilot failed to pull the ripcord on his parachute.’
- ‘The pioneers had already developed equipment and training, including use of a ‘static line’ instead of a ripcord for parachute opening.’
- ‘This device slows down the rate of fall, something that ensures when the time comes to pull a ripcord the main canopy is deployed more safely.’
- ‘After falling 30,000 feet, ripcords are pulled and a quick rush of air is heard as canopies deploy - then silence.’
- ‘Then the ripcord was pulled, the parachute opened and he landed safely.’
- ‘Once safely over the French coastline, he simply pulled his parachute ripcord and floated gently to the ground on a clifftop near Calais.’
- ‘Jack barely wriggled into the parachute and found the ripcord in time to land painfully but not fatally.’
- ‘But he didn't free himself in time and was late in pulling the ripcord on the parachute which meant he hit the ground very hard and injured his ankles.’
- ‘I remembered Mike's words and pulled the ripcord that opened the parachute.’
- ‘The trainee then pulls his or her ripcord and controls the parachute to the ground under guidance from an instructor on the ground.’
- ‘You don't have to pack a parachute, pull a ripcord, or jump from a airplane.’
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