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

Definition of freehand

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: 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 In Hacker and Pierson’s telling, the plutocratic program — tax cuts for the richest, benefit cuts for the most vulnerable, and a free hand for corporate and financial interests — has never been popular. Washington Post, "Explaining the GOP’s mix of plutocrats and populists," 10 July 2020 There are tons of people handing out free clubs, free masks, free hand sanitizer. Justin Phillips,, "Podcast: Daniel M. Lavery on why the dinner table is a classic setting for melodrama," 29 June 2020 Eight touch-free hand-sanitizing stations are being added on the first floor. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Public Market reopens on Wednesday, with safety precautions," 9 June 2020 The project — called Operation Warp Speed — amounts to a sprawling, on-the-fly experiment in industrial policy by a Republican administration that has been dedicated to giving private industry a free hand. David E. Sanger,, "Trump administration selects five coronavirus vaccine candidates as finalists," 3 June 2020 The tin must be wiped around with your free hand, with any excess tipped or wiped off. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In 'Copper, Iron, and Clay,' Port Washington writer describes how she became a coppersmith," 28 Apr. 2020 McKenzie, who had traveled to Frankfort on Sunday to pick up 12 gallons of free hand sanitizer at Buffalo Trace Distillery, went to Babar's home in Louisville to get the masks. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Louisa nursing home overwhelmed by donations of masks, gowns after Courier Journal story," 27 Apr. 2020 Despite a price tag around 100 times that of Purell’s, Byredo’s rinse-free hand wash is sold out at online stockists including Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Violet Grey. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "Byredo’s $35 hand sanitizer is 2020’s must-have luxury accessory," 6 Mar. 2020 Hit close to home for me' Borg wanted to make sure first responders received free hand sanitizer. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Phoenix area pharmacist makes hand sanitizer from scratch and donates 200 bottles to police, firefighters. Limited supply for sale," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of freehand


1841, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Freehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 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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