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[par-uh-seyl] /ˈpær əˌseɪl/

a special parachute, kept open with wing-tip holders to help provide lift, used in parasailing.
verb (used without object)
to engage in parasailing.

1963, from first element of parachute + sail. As a verb from 1970. Related: Parasailing.


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