Meaning of chute

chute

Pronunciation: (sht), [key]
— 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. 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.

chute

Pronunciation: (sht), [key]
— n., v., chut•ed, chut•ing.
—n.
  1. a parachute.
—v.i.
  1. to descend from the air by or as if by a parachute.
—v.t.
  1. to drop from an aircraft by means of a parachute: Supplies were chuted to the snowbound mountain climbers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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