(in other sports) a performance or routine featuring relatively free, unrestricted movement or intended to demonstrate an individual’s special skills or style, as in figure skating, gymnastics, or surfing.
a competition or race, as in swimming, in which each participant may use a style of his or her choice instead of a specified style
a series of acrobatics performed in skiing, etc
(as modifier): a freestyle event
1912, in swimming, in reference to a distance race in which the swimmers may use whatever stroke they choose; 1950 in general use, from free + style. As an adjective, from 1957; as a verb, by 1970 (in martial arts).
/ˈfriːˌstaɪlɪŋ/ noun 1. the practice of improvising scenes when making a film or performing a play
[free-swim-er] /ˈfriˈswɪm ər/ noun, Zoology. 1. an animal, as a fish, that swims about freely.
[free-swim-ing] /ˈfriˈswɪm ɪŋ/ adjective, Zoology. 1. (of aquatic organisms) not attached to a base nor joined in a colony; capable of swimming about freely. adjective 1. (of aquatic animals or larvae) not sessile or attached to any object and therefore able to swim freely in the water
[free-swing-ing] /ˈfriˈswɪŋ ɪŋ/ adjective 1. recklessly daring in action or style: free-swinging stock market speculators.