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Parachuting and flying or falling for leisure

bail out

to escape from a plane by parachute

bale out

to bail out of a plane

ballooning

noun

the activity of flying in a hot-air balloon

base jumping

noun

the sport of jumping with a parachute from high places such as buildings or mountains

bungee jumping

noun

the sport of jumping from a very high place while attached to a long piece of rubber that is just short enough to prevent you from hitting the ground. Each jump is called a bungee jump, and the person who jumps is called a bungee jumper.

chute

noun

a parachute1

cliff jumping

noun

the sport of jumping from a high place such as a cliff into water

drop

verb

to fall into an area from an aircraft, especially using a parachute

free fall

noun

the part of a parachute jump when someone falls quickly towards the ground before the parachute opens

gliding

noun

the activity of flying in a glider

hang-glider

noun

someone who flies and controls a hang-glider

hang-gliding

noun

the activity of flying using a hang-glider

parachute

noun

a large piece of cloth joined to heavy strings, used by someone jumping out of a plane

parachute

verb

to jump from a plane wearing a parachute

parachute

verb

to send people or goods to a place using planes and parachutes

parachuting

noun

the activity of jumping out of a plane wearing a parachute

parachutist

noun

someone who jumps from a plane wearing a parachute

paragliding

noun

the sport of jumping from a plane or a high place and floating slowly to the ground wearing a type of parachute that allows you to control where you go

parasailing

noun

a sport in which you move through the air wearing a parachute while being pulled by a boat

parascending

noun

a sport in which you wear a special parachute that carries you into the air when a car or boat pulls you

ripcord

noun

the string that you pull to open a parachute or to fill a lifejacket with air

skydiving

noun

the sport of jumping out of a plane and falling for as long as possible before opening your parachute. Someone who does this is a skydiver.

sky surfing

noun

a sport that involves jumping from an aircraft with a surfboard and a parachute and riding on the currents of air

balloonist

noun

free-fall

verb

skydive

verb

skydive

noun

emoji

a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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