free·​stand·​ing | \ˈfrē-ˈstan-diŋ \

Definition of freestanding 

1 : standing alone or on its own foundation free of support or attachment a freestanding wall

2 : independent sense 1 especially : not being part of or affiliated with another organization a freestanding clinic a freestanding city a freestanding computer store

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a freestanding CD player that can easily be hooked up to your existing components it's a freestanding store, not a franchise

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In Toledo, a freestanding panel illustrates an educated possibility: a sitting girl with a youngster on her lap. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion’ Review: Piecing Together the Van Campen Clan," 20 Oct. 2018 With that in mind, many freestanding baths look more like a sculpture and less like a plumbing fixture. Ed Del Grande, The Seattle Times, "Freestanding tub is like artwork for the bathroom," 10 Sep. 2018 Soaking away troubles in a freestanding tub versus an inset tub is more popular than ever. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Homeowners Discover (Again) the Luxury of Soaking Tubs," 14 June 2018 Designed by Punto Arquitectónico, the residence incorporates a courtyard pool that wends its way through some of structure’s freestanding walls, similar to this concrete concept in Oaxaca. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Renovated courtyard house is all about indoor-outdoor living," 11 June 2018 In addition to its freestanding form, the studio is powered 100 percent by the solar panels that line the roof. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Solar-powered modern studio appears to float in midair," 25 June 2018 Orlando Health, already a big area employer, is planning a major expansion that includes a 30-plus acre medical complex in Lake Mary with a six-story, 240-bed hospital tower and a freestanding emergency room. A.d. Thompson,, "Lake Mary/Heathrow Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Debater was represented by a freestanding black display roughly the height and width of a person. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Now the Computer Can Argue With You," 19 June 2018 When the Air Force was formally established in 1947, the need for such a freestanding operation was clear. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Trump's 'Space Force' Won't — and Shouldn't — Happen," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of freestanding

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of freestanding

: standing alone without being attached to or supported by something else


free·​stand·​ing | \ˈfrē-ˈstan-diŋ \

Kids Definition of freestanding

: standing alone free of attachment or support a freestanding wall


free·​stand·​ing | \ˈfrē-ˈstand-iŋ \

Medical Definition of freestanding 

: being independent especially : not part of or affiliated with another organization a freestanding surgical center a freestanding emergency clinic

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