free fall

noun
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of free fall

1 : the condition of unrestrained motion in a gravitational field; also : such motion
2 a : the part of a parachute jump before the parachute opens
b : a rapid and continuing drop or decline
  • a free fall in stock prices

free-fall

play \ˈfrē-ˌfȯl\ intransitive verb

Examples of free fall in a Sentence

  1. Sales were in free fall.

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First Known Use of free fall

1851

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in the meaning defined at sense 2

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FREE FALL Defined for English Language Learners

free fall

Definition of free fall for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

free fall

noun \ -ˌfȯl \

medical Definition of free fall

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

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