Definition of ripcord in English:

ripcord

noun

  • A cord that is pulled to open a parachute.

    • ‘After falling 30,000 feet, ripcords are pulled and a quick rush of air is heard as canopies deploy - then silence.’
    • ‘The pilot failed to pull the ripcord on his parachute.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jack barely wriggled into the parachute and found the ripcord in time to land painfully but not fatally.’
    • ‘You don't have to pack a parachute, pull a ripcord, or jump from a airplane.’
    • ‘Once safely over the French coastline, he simply pulled his parachute ripcord and floated gently to the ground on a clifftop near Calais.’
    • ‘The pioneers had already developed equipment and training, including use of a ‘static line’ instead of a ripcord for parachute opening.’
    • ‘The trainee then pulls his or her ripcord and controls the parachute to the ground under guidance from an instructor on the ground.’
    • ‘Then the ripcord was pulled, the parachute opened and he landed safely.’
    • ‘I remembered Mike's words and pulled the ripcord that opened the parachute.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

ripcord

/ˈrɪpkɔːd/