—n. 1. an inclined channel, as a trough, tube, or shaft, for conveying water, grain, coal, etc., to a lower level.
2. a waterfall or steep descent, as in a river.
3. a water slide, as at an amusement park.
4. a steep slope, as for tobogganing.
5. out of the chute, at the start; at the very beginning: The new business made mistakes right out of the chute and failed within a year.
—v.t. to move or deposit, by or as if by means of a chute: The dock had facilities for chuting grain directly into the hold of a vessel.