from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cord pulled to release the pack of a parachute.
- n. A cord pulled to release gas from a balloon.
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- n. A cord to release a parachute from its sack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cord that is pulled to open the gasbag of a balloon wide enough to release gas and so causes the balloon to descend
- n. a cord that is pulled to open a parachute from its pack during a descent
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After a year of wrestling with the decision, however, the Balints are finally pulling the ripcord.
Royce immediately pulled the ripcord, felt the massive jerk of deployment, then began gliding in a slow circle down toward the speck in the water below.
I used to like the prong rests because it was simple but the helical fletching is a problem so i switched to the ripcord and never looked back.
We were told to listen for a ringing sound at 5,000 feet, which meant it was time to do something, like pull the ripcord.
Since I forgot to pull the ripcord when a bell — or something rang — Eddie tapped me on the shoulder, and then he pulled the cord.
Wall Street executives can always pull the ripcord on their golden parachutes before hitting the pavement.
There is a ripcord available when a seller or buyer refuses to sign the required disclosure form.
All it did was allow Steve Poizner, Benchmark Capital, Motorola, TI Ventures and others to pull the ripcord.
The temptation is enormous, as the industry tries to find a parachute to stop its current freefall, and any potentially high-profile book looks like a ripcord.
Had anyone seen these clues -- and, interestingly, perhaps Skoll did as he liquidated his entire eBay stake in 2006 -- they might have pulled the ripcord on owning the stock in 2006 or 2007 when it was trading at $35, before the bottom fell out in the stock and it hit its nadir below $10 this past March.