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

Other Words from free fall

free-fall \ ˈfrē-​ˌfȯl How to pronounce free fall (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of free fall in a Sentence

Sales were in free fall.
Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to overfishing, parasites and rising ocean temperatures, among other threats, nearly all of Maine’s commercial fisheries are in free fall. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 Around the world, fertility rates are in free fall. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 Singing Angels free fall participation: The Singing Angels performing chorus is offering free participation this fall for youngsters from fourth grade through age 16. cleveland, 27 Aug. 2021 Hattiesburg is a college town, and campus leaders at The University of Southern Mississippi have rolled out a lottery for free fall tuition for students who show proof they have been vaccinated. NBC News, 19 Aug. 2021 Nations, notably Germany, which is even more reliant on Russian fuel, have warned that abruptly suspending such purchases could send their economies into free fall. Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Analysts say that created a parallel black market and arbitrage opportunities that sent the value of Sri Lanka’s sovereign debt into free fall. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Worried investors have pulled $12.9 billion from municipal-bond funds since the start of the year, according to Refinitiv Lipper, the most sustained outflows since the Covid-19 pandemic sent the market into free fall in March 2020. Heather Gillers, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2022 When the Taliban swept to power, international donor money, which paid more than 80% of Afghanistan's bills, dried up and the country's economy went into free fall. Arkansas Online, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of free fall

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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10 May 2022

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free fall

\ -ˌfȯl How to pronounce free fall (audio) \

Medical Definition of free fall

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

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