free fall


Definition of free fall 

1 : the condition of unrestrained motion in a gravitational field also : such motion

2a : the part of a parachute jump before the parachute opens

b : a rapid and continuing drop or decline a free fall in stock prices

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Other Words from free fall

free-fall \ˈfrē-ˌfȯl \ intransitive verb

Examples of free fall in a Sentence

Sales were in free fall.

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Meanwhile, Will Power capped his early-race free fall from the pole and finished sixth; Alexander Rossi rebounded from a tough pit stop to finish ninth; and Scott Dixon salvaged a tough day with a 12th-place finish. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 Eventually the craft does take off, but never leaves the atmosphere, the better to contrive a parachute-free falling stunt for the big finish. New York Times, "Review: Jackie Chan Battles a Goofy Plot in ‘Bleeding Steel’," 5 July 2018 Other attractions, for an additional cost, include zip lines, bumper boats, a petting zoo, a forest maze, a rock climbing wall and a harnessed 70' free fall jump. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Big Rivers Waterpark in New Caney hiring hundreds of workers," 11 May 2018 That seems to be what happened in Oregon, where marijuana companies are going out of business amid a cannabis glut and the accompanying free fall of prices. Dan Adams,, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 10 July 2018 Brock Osweiler worked with Gase in Denver, but his career has been in free fall for years. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018 As objects accelerate towards Earth in free fall, the effect of gravity diminishes as forces exerted by gravity are cancelled out by equal and opposite forces due to the acceleration. Charles W. Dunnill, Scientific American, "Method of Making Oxygen from Water in Zero Gravity Raises Hope for Long-Distance Space Travel," 10 July 2018 LeBron continued to get better and better; Dwight’s career went into a free fall. Mike Bianchi,, "Dumbest column I've ever written: Dwight Howard would be greater than LeBron James," 8 June 2018 Lamont was fired early in ’95 and replaced with coach Terry Bevington, whose lack of leadership skills eventually sent the Sox into a free fall. Paul Sullivan,, "Reunion of '93 White Sox brings memories of growing pains of the past," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of free fall

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of free fall

: the state or condition of falling through the air toward the ground

: the condition of quickly becoming lower, less, or fewer

: a fast or continuing drop

free fall

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Medical Definition of free fall 

: the condition of unrestrained motion in a gravitational field also : such motion

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