freebase

verb
free·base | \ˈfrē-ˌbās \
freebased; freebasing; freebases

Definition of freebase 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to prepare or use freebase cocaine

transitive verb

: to prepare or use (cocaine) as freebase

freebase

noun

Definition of freebase (Entry 2 of 2)

: a purified solid form of cocaine (such as crack) that is obtained by treating the powdered hydrochloride of cocaine with an alkaloid base (such as sodium bicarbonate) and that can be smoked or heated to produce vapors for inhalation specifically : a form derived from treatment of the hydrochloride of cocaine with ammonia or similar alkaloid solution followed by extraction with a solvent (such as ether)

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Other Words from freebase

Verb

freebaser noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The maladjusted lothario also has many a dalliance with a particular strain of misogyny: the cutting and manipulative digs at past lovers that some of the rapper’s fans rush to freebase. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 She was taught to freebase cocaine in the late 1980s by her brother Michael. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "Production of a Lifetime: Whitney Houston and Clive Davis," 30 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Juul uses nicotine salts, which are more potent than the freebase nicotine in standard e-cigarettes. The Economist, "Juuling is popular—perhaps too much so," 24 May 2018 In Juul, these nicotine salts are absorbed into the body at almost the same speed as nicotine in regular cigarettes, a speed that comes from the use of freebase nicotine. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of freebase

Verb

1980, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freebase was in 1979

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freebase

noun

English Language Learners Definition of freebase

: a form of cocaine that can be smoked

freebase

verb
free·base | \ˈfrē-ˌbās \
freebased; freebasing

Medical Definition of freebase 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to prepare or use freebase cocaine

transitive verb

: to prepare or use (cocaine) as freebase

Other Words from freebase

freebaser \-ər \ noun

freebase

noun

Medical Definition of freebase (Entry 2 of 2)

: purified solid cocaine (as crack) in a form that is obtained by treating the powdered hydrochloride of cocaine with an alkaloid base (as sodium bicarbonate) and that can be smoked or heated to produce vapors for inhalation specifically : cocaine derived from its hydrochloride by treatment with ammonia or a similar alkaloid solution followed by extraction with a solvent (as ether)

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