free·​hand | \ ˈfrē-ˌhand How to pronounce freehand (audio) \

Definition of freehand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done without mechanical aids or devices freehand drawing

free hand

\ ˈfrē-ˈhand How to pronounce free hand (audio) \

Definition of free hand (Entry 2 of 2)

: freedom of action or decision

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of freehand in a Sentence

Adjective She took a course in freehand drawing. Noun gave him free hand in managing the club
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On set, 19-year-old artist Chella Man felt right at home in the second floor bathroom painted by Keith Haring; both Haring and Chella use a fluid, often abstract yet heavily emotive, freehand style to express themselves. Sean Bennett, Teen Vogue, "How the Artists and Activists from Marc Jacobs' Pride 2018 Campaign Use Fashion to Show Express Identity," 21 June 2018 And throughout, all kinds of brushes and tools enable an entire palette’s worth of colors to flow, stutter, twist, suffuse and fold, while freehand additions à la de Kooning — and Mr. Green’s earlier work, as well — occasionally flit about. New York Times, "Art and Museums in NYC This Week," 16 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iran's longtime goal has been to force the U.S. out, giving it a freer hand there. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Killing of Iran general risks U.S. gains against Islamic State," 8 Jan. 2020 BakerRipley will provide free hands-on tax preparation with the first session scheduled for Dec. 2. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "BakerRipley seeks volunteers for neighborhood tax centers," 31 Oct. 2019 Mr Erdogan may have outflanked Mr Trump, but the agreement does not give him a free hand in northern Syria. The Economist, "America forsakes Syria’s Kurds in a ceasefire deal with Turkey," 18 Oct. 2019 They were given free hand to just do graffiti everywhere. Peter Hartlaub,, "‘Sister Act’ transformed Noe Valley into a den of sin. Here’s the back story," 1 Dec. 2019 Continue to push the roll forward over the clean margin and, with a free hand, place the parchment paper back on top of the roll. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 Holiday Cookie Contest winning recipes, ahead of this year's Dec. 4 reveal," 29 Nov. 2019 Lacolla said that the man used his free hand to call police while suspended in the air., "Hunter left hanging after fall in North Andover - The Boston Globe," 17 Dec. 2019 The American withdrawal from Syria gives Russia an even freer hand in that country. Will Englund, Washington Post, "In the Middle East, there’s one country every side talks to: Russia," 14 Oct. 2019 Having said that, an insistence on maintaining a free hand in world affairs is hardly something new for Republicans. Colin Dueck, National Review, "What Is Conservative American Nationalism?," 21 Oct. 2019

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1841, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Freehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of freehand

: done without special tools or instruments


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free·​hand | \ ˈfrē-ˌhand How to pronounce freehand (audio) \

Kids Definition of freehand

: done without mechanical aids a freehand drawing

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