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 for drogue
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  parachute \par"a*chute\, v. i.
     TO descend to th ground from an airplane or other high place
     using a parachute; as, when the plane stalled, he parachuted
     safely to the ground.
     golden parachute a generous set of financial benefits,
        including severance pay, provided by contract to a
        high-level corporate employee in the event s/he is
        dismissed or his/her job is lost in a corporate takeover
        or merger; also, the contract providing for such benefits.
     drogue parachute a small parachute that is first released
        and opened in order to more reliably deploy a larger
        parachute. Also called drogue.
        [PJC] parachuter

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drogue \Drogue\ (dr[=o]g), n.
     1. (Naut.) See Drag, n., 6, and Drag sail, under Drag,
        [1913 Webster]
     2. a small parachute dragged behind a vehicle as a means of
        stabilizing it, or deployed first so as to assist opening
        of a larger parachute.
     3. a funnel-shaped attachment at the end of a hose suspended
        from a tanker airplane in flight, to which the probe of
        another airplane may connect, so as to complete a
        connecting hose line through which fuel may be transferred
        from the tanker to the following airplane. It is used for
        in-flight refueling.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane
      2: a truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at
         airports) to show the direction of the wind [syn: windsock,
         wind sock, sock, air sock, air-sleeve, wind sleeve,
         wind cone, drogue]
      3: restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats
         behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading
         into a wind [syn: sea anchor, drogue]
      4: a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving
         rapidly [syn: drogue, drogue chute, drogue parachute]

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