free·​stand·​ing ˈfrē-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce freestanding (audio)
: standing alone or on its own foundation free of support or attachment
a freestanding wall
: independent sense 1
especially : not being part of or affiliated with another organization
a freestanding clinic
a freestanding city
a freestanding computer store

Examples of freestanding in a Sentence

a freestanding CD player that can easily be hooked up to your existing components it's a freestanding store, not a franchise
Recent Examples on the Web The series, which includes eight iterations with options for freestanding and semi-freestanding designs and one- to three-person sizes, was the brand’s longest and most expensive design project to date. Outside Online, 7 July 2021 Certain aspects of the renovation were set in stone: the color palette was predetermined, and Hoese was firm on adding a freestanding tub. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 28 May 2020 French windows and skylights brighten the bohemian-vibe living spaces, which boast floors of ceramic tile and hardwood. Beamed ceilings and a freestanding fireplace touch up the living room. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2020 Most freestanding islands have open shelves below the workspace for this very reason. Jessica Dailey, House Beautiful, 1 Apr. 2020 There is also a freestanding version that has two sizes (5 feet by 5 feet and 6 feet by 6 feet). Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2020 And a related fundraising drive, yielding $17 million, helped formally launch the center itself, not just as a loose assemblage of interested researchers but as a freestanding research facility. John Semley, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2020 Dora drove Nick to the nearest hospital, a freestanding emergency room in the Baptist system. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2020 The Hunts also opted for a freestanding tub and eliminated the shower curtain to keep an open feel. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 23 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of freestanding was in 1837

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“Freestanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


free·​stand·​ing -ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce freestanding (audio)
: standing alone on its own foundation free of attachment or support

Medical Definition


free·​stand·​ing ˈfrē-ˈstand-iŋ How to pronounce freestanding (audio)
: being independent
especially : not part of or affiliated with another organization
a freestanding surgical center
a freestanding emergency clinic

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