from The American Heritage® 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 panic” ( 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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  • 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.

    The Longest War

  • 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.

    Behold the Stars

  • 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.

    Behold the Stars

  • The standby ship was gone, but according to radio broadcasts we intercepted, Tyler Locke used one of the free fall lifeboats to save them.

    The Ark

  • 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.

    Paradise General

  • After a swift, stomach-churning free fall she landed on her butt in a green, piss-warm stream.

    Slice Of Cherry


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