One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sloping channel or slide for conveying things to a lower level.
channel, slide, trough, shaft, funnel, conduitView synonyms
- ‘Eighty-nine passengers slid down emergency chutes and jumped from the wings as smoke billowed from a toilet.’
- ‘Maya slid through the low gravity of the chute into the shuttle, then belted herself into the control seat.’
- ‘The group got out of the vent, and into a rubbish chute, to fall to a lower level.’
- ‘There is a convenient drain chute at the back and all you have to do is hold a funnel under the chute to put most of the powder back in the can.’
- ‘We spent a couple of hours alternately gaining height by climbing up polished ramps then immediately losing it again by sliding down chutes the other side.’
- ‘He was only twelve or thirteen, and in love with Minnie, but boys weren't allowed on the girls' side of the orphanage, so they used to slide down the laundry chutes and meet in the basement for a late night tryst.’
- ‘The main way to spread out concrete is directly from the truck chute, keeping a uniform level.’
- ‘The game can be easily adapted to allow players with functional limitations, who might otherwise be unable to compete, to use chutes and ramps in order to place their game balls into play.’
- ‘Roberts said injuries in such an accident could range from burns to broken bones, bruises and sprained ankles from sliding down the emergency chutes.’
- ‘Facility workers use front-end loaders to shove the trash into two floor chutes, which funnel it to a lower level.’
- ‘We slid down a short chute and landed on a soft mattress with everyone looking at us.’
- ‘Large, multi-coloured plastic chutes on the mound would make great helter-skelter slides.’
- ‘Disabled people could also be lowered down the chutes more slowly in stretchers.’
- ‘The pill slides down the chute into a flexible tube leading to the patient's mouth.’
- ‘She said every passenger had evacuated via the escape chutes and had not jumped on to the tarmac.’
- ‘Mac took another long drink, then tossed the bottle into the recycle chute with some force.’
- ‘The cheese is forced down a chute into a rotating stainless steel drum, about 80 pounds, with holes punched in it.’
- ‘Alex put his empty dishes into the chute that would send them to the ship's kitchens for cleaning, then accepted Evan's dishes and did the same with them.’
- ‘And I did get to slip and slide down the snowy chutes that make the trail so great.’
- ‘Its stern was marred by a gigantic chute, a ramp from sea to deck such as whaling ships use to drag aboard the 190-ton carcasses of blue whales.’
- 1.1 A water slide into a swimming pool.
water slide, slide, flume, log flume, hydroslideView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are water parks for humans too - places where you can splash out in wave pools, super chutes and white water rides.’
- ‘These are three towering water chutes, in varying levels of steepness, down which you plunge in a rubber dinghy.’
- 1.2short for chute-the-chute
2A narrow metal enclosure for holding or restraining livestock, in which an animal may be vaccinated, branded, etc.‘cattle tend to be calmer in a chute with solid sides’
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.
- ‘At about eight hundred feet, I opened my chute and sailed down.’
- ‘He decided that since the loft was up high, and the mail needed to come back down, they should have a mail chute to send the mail down to the carriers' boxes for delivery.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Their chutes caught in the handsome chestnut and lime trees that still line the main square, the snagged lines left them dangling, an easy target for the Germans.’
- ‘We've come a long way from the time when WWII airman and former President George H.W. Bush parachuted to safety from his damaged aircraft using a chute made of hemp.’
- ‘Neither his main parachute or reserve chute appear to have deployed properly after he jumped from a Cessna 182 aircraft.’
- ‘The national agency responsible for transportation safety made the decision after testing the chutes with mannequins and weighted stretchers last fall.’
- ‘They fell a few hundred feet more before opening their chutes and slowly descending to the sparse vegetation below.’
- ‘At 10,000 feet, only the colorful fabric of their chutes keep jumpers visible against the panoramic landscape.’
- ‘Both chutes were found to have been sabotaged and police launched one of the biggest murder investigations in Humberside Police's history, with more than 3,000 people interviewed.’
- ‘Andreas Orgler, an Austrian pilot, threw his chute about two kilometers from launch and landed in the trees without hurting himself.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With today's gliders you might need a drogue chute to land there.’
- ‘The pilot threw his chute, but it had no time to open due to the lack of altitude.’
- ‘When he tried to deploy his chutes the main one failed to open and the reserve chute detached from his body.’
- ‘The old, round, ungovernable army-surplus chutes - the ones that sent people drifting into trees and breaking both legs - are gone.’
- ‘It was determined later that the parachute failure had occurred because the drag chute had not been installed in accordance with local technical orders.’
- ‘The chunk of falling matter turned out to be a parachutist, only with his chute just partially deployed.’
- ‘The pilots could open their chutes and they were unhurt.’
- ‘I opened the escape hatch, adjusted his chute for him and placed the ripcord ring firmly in his right hand.’
- 1.1Sailing A spinnaker.
- ‘One of the people who was now excited about taking a chute for a sail was Jak.’
1920s: shortened form.
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