(in functional calculus) a variable occurring in a sentential function and not within the scope of any quantifier containing it.
noun, Linguistics. 1. a relation between the members of a pair of phones, phonemes, morphs, or other linguistic entities such that either of the two may occur in the same position with no change in the meaning of the utterance: in the first syllable of “economics,” “e” and “ē” are in free variation.
noun, Prosody. 1. verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern. noun 1. unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern n. 1908; see vers libre. Verse without regular meter or rhyme. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, is written almost entirely in free verse.
- Free vibration
noun 1. the vibration of a structure that occurs at its natural frequency, as opposed to a forced vibration
- Free vote
noun 1. (mainly Brit) a parliamentary division in which members are not constrained by a party whip