rip cord

rip cord
noun
1. : a cord by which the gasbag of a balloon may be ripped open for a limited distance to release the gas quickly and so cause immediate descent
2. : a cord or wire pulled manually or automatically in making a descent to release the pilot parachute which lifts the main parachute out of its container ready to open
3.
a. : a cord inserted longitudinally in a sheathed electric cable for use in ripping the sheath at the ends for easier removal (as in making connections)
b. : an electric cord consisting of two individually insulated wires readily separable by ripping usually for a short distance to make a connection

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1. a cord on a parachute that, when pulled, opens the parachute for descent.
2. a cord fastened in the bag of a passenger balloon or dirigible so that a sharp pull upon it will rip or open the bag and let the gas escape, causing the balloon to descend rapidly.
[1905-10]

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rip cord,
1. a cord that is pulled to open a parachute.
2. a cord on a balloon or airship which allows gas to escape when pulled, causing a rapid descent.

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noun, pl ⋯ cords [count]
: a cord or wire that is pulled to open a parachute

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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