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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fall of a body within the atmosphere without a drag-producing device such as a parachute.
  • n. The ideal falling motion of a body that is subject only to the earth's gravitational field.
  • n. Rapid uncontrolled decline: "The markets threatened to go into free fall and we came within an eyelash of ... an uncontrollable panicā€ ( Felix Rohatyn).

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  • n. A variant form of freefall.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field
  • n. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

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