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free fall

or free·fall (frē′fôl′)
n.
1. The fall of a body within the atmosphere without a drag-producing device such as a parachute.
2. The ideal falling motion of a body that is subject only to the earth's gravitational field.
3. Rapid uncontrolled decline: "The markets threatened to go into free fall and we came within an eyelash of ... an uncontrollable panic" (Felix Rohatyn).

free′fall′ v.

free fall

n
1. (General Physics) free descent of a body in which the gravitational force is the only force acting on it
2. (Aeronautics) the part of a parachute descent before the parachute opens

free′ fall′


n.
1. the hypothetical fall of a body such that the only force acting upon it is gravity.
2. the part of a parachute jump that precedes the opening of the parachute.
[1915–20]

free-fall

(v. ˈfriˌfɔl; n. -ˈfɔl)

v. -fell, -fall•en, -fall•ing,
n. v.i.
1. (of a parachutist) to descend in a free fall.
n.
[1915–20]

free fall

A parachute maneuver in which the parachute is manually activated at the discretion of the jumper or automatically at a preset altitude. See also airdrop; air movement; free drop; high velocity drop; low velocity drop.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.free fall - the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational fieldfree fall - the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field
drop, fall - a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
2.free fall - a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity; "a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index"; "there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery"; "a dip in prices"; "when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
decrement, decrease - the amount by which something decreases
correction - a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases; "market runups are invariably followed by a correction"
voltage drop - a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing
Translations

free fall

n (Parachuting) in free fallin caduta libera