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free·base

or free-base (frē′bās′)
v. free·based, free·bas·ing, free·bas·es or free-based or free-bas·ing or free-bas·es
v.tr.
1. To purify (cocaine) by treating its powdered hydrochloride form with an alkaloid solution such as ammonia and then using a heated solvent to separate out the precipitate.
2. To use (cocaine purified in this way) by smoking it or by inhaling the fumes after burning it.
v.intr.
To prepare or use cocaine purified in this way.
n.
Cocaine purified by this method.

free′bas′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.free-base - use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumesfree-base - use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
do drugs, drug - use recreational drugs
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Coke, charlie, snow, free-base, call it what you like, is available in every village and town across Northern Ireland.
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Municipal government officials cited changing trends in the drug scene as the reason for the programme's adaptation: the use of syringes is on the decline, inhalation and free-base on the rise, with an estimated 40 per cent of all narcotics addicts utilising both methods.