American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 panic” ( Felix Rohatyn).
- n. A variant form of freefall.
- n. the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field
- n. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
“In 1992, as the Russian economy went into free fall following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Smirnov cooked up a scheme to stage a spectacular act of nuclear theft.”
“He snapped the telescopics down and as he bent once more to his task he caught a fleeting glimpse of a Marine squad floating in free fall around their a.p. weapon, its barrel snouting well tracked forward of the line of flight of the cruiser.”
“He hadn't switched on his exo-skeleton power and he drifted easily across in free fall to grasp a stanchion anchoring the box to the floor of the carrier deck.”
“The standby ship was gone, but according to radio broadcasts we intercepted, Tyler Locke used one of the free fall lifeboats to save them.”
“Deliverance came with a landing that was different from any other I’d done before in the Army—rather than spiral in from ten thousand feet in a stomach-dropping free fall to avoid an enemy rocket, we skimmed the treetops at high speed for miles before the wheels kissed the pavement.”
“After a swift, stomach-churning free fall she landed on her butt in a green, piss-warm stream.”
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