verb (used without object), free-fell, free-fallen, free-falling.
(of parachutists) to descend initially, as for a designated interval, in a free fall:
The jumpers were required to free-fall for eight seconds.
denoting or suggesting a free fall:
a free-fall recession.
(def 1, 2).
the hypothetical fall of a body such that the only force acting upon it is that of gravity.
the part of a parachute jump that precedes the opening of the parachute.
a decline, especially a sudden or rapid decline, as in value or prestige, that appears to be endless or bottomless:
The economy was in a free fall all winter.
free descent of a body in which the gravitational force is the only force acting on it
the part of a parachute descent before the parachute opens
In physics, the motion of a body being acted upon only by gravity. A satellite in orbit is in free fall, as is a skydiver (if we neglect the effects of air resistance).
Note: During free fall, objects are said to be weightless.
An extremely rapid and unhindered descent •First used of a rocket returning to earth; then mainly of a parachutist who had not yet opened the parachute: the bank is trying to slow the free fall of the Mexican peso/ the Russian economy is in free fall (1919+)
A rapid, uncontrolled decline, as in The markets threatened to go into free fall and we came close to outright panic. This term transfers the aeronautical meaning of a free fall, that is, “a fall through the air without any impedance, such as a parachute,” to other kinds of precipitous drop. [ Second half of 1900s ]
- Free-fire zone
[free-fahyuh r] /ˈfriˈfaɪər/ noun 1. an area in which military units have prior clearance to fire at will on any person or object encountered.
- Free flap
free flap n. An island flap in which the donor vessels are severed and the flap is moved to the recipient site where it is revascularized.
noun 1. unassisted or unconstrained flight, as the flight of a rocket or missile without guidance or after fuel exhaustion or motor cutoff. noun 1. the flight of a rocket, missile, etc, when its engine has ceased to produce thrust
[free-floh-ting] /ˈfriˈfloʊ tɪŋ/ adjective 1. (of an emotional state) lacking an apparent cause, focus, or object; generalized: free-floating hostility. 2. (of people) uncommitted, as to a doctrine, political party, etc.; independent: free-floating opportunists. 3. capable of relatively free movement. adjective 1. unattached or uncommitted, as to a cause, a party, etc