free·​stand·​ing | \ ˈfrē-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce freestanding (audio) \

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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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 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, "Business is booming for Pewaukee company that sells personal safety partitions to prevent spread of the coronavirus," 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, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 Dora drove Nick to the nearest hospital, a freestanding emergency room in the Baptist system. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "A last resort against COVID-19," 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, "Empty nesters turn 5,500-square-foot home into fresh space with entertaining in mind," 23 Apr. 2020 Hoar Construction has completed work on an $11.6 million freestanding emergency health facility in Saraland. William Thornton |, al, "Hoar Construction finishes work on $11.6 million Saraland emergency building," 5 Feb. 2020 The unoccupied corporate campus is slated to be redeveloped as University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s new freestanding medical center and psychiatric hospital. David Anderson,, "Aberdeen will proceed with purchase of community center property," 9 Oct. 2019 The landscaped lot in Sasco Hill overlooks Southport Harbor, and includes a backyard terrace and a freestanding garage with a second-story loft. TheWeek, "6 gorgeous homes built in the 1920s," 22 Feb. 2020 Pasadena opened its first freestanding library in 1953. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Patrons to benefit from sharing deal between Pasadena, Harris County libraries," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of freestanding

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freestanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce freestanding (audio) \

Kids Definition of freestanding

: standing alone free of attachment or support a freestanding wall


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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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