from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Able to swim freely; not sessile or attached.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Swimming freely: said of any aquatic animal that is not fixed, and particularly of those which are attached at some period of their lives and free at, another: as, the free-swimming embryo of a cirriped; the free-swimming adult of a crinoid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Swimming in the open sea; -- said of certain marine animals.
  • adjective (Zoology) able to swim about; not attached to a stationary object; -- of aquatic animals.

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

  • adjective (of animals) able to swim about; not attached


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