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free

  

      adj   , freer, freest  
1    able to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint  
2   
a    having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined  
b    (as n)  
land of the free     
3    often postpositive and foll by: from   not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc.); exempt  
a free market, free from pain     
4    (of a country, etc.) autonomous or independent  
5    exempt from external direction or restriction; not forced or induced  
free will     
6    not subject to conventional constraints  
free verse     
7    (of jazz) totally improvised, with no preset melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic basis  
8    not exact or literal  
a free translation     
9    costing nothing; provided without charge  
free entertainment     
10      (Law)     (of property)  
a    not subject to payment of rent or performance of services; freehold  
b    not subject to any burden or charge, such as a mortgage or lien; unencumbered  
11    postpositive; often foll by: of or with   ready or generous in using or giving; liberal; lavish  
free with advice     
12    unrestrained by propriety or good manners; licentious  
13    not occupied or in use; available  
a free cubicle     
14    not occupied or busy; without previous engagements  
I'm not free until Wednesday     
15    open or available to all; public  
16    without charge to the subscriber or user  
freepost, freephone     
17    not fixed or joined; loose  
the free end of a chain     
18    without obstruction or impediment  
free passage     
19      (Chem)   chemically uncombined  
free nitrogen     
20      (Phonetics)   denoting a vowel that can occur in an open syllable, such as the vowel in see as opposed to the vowel in cat  
21      (Grammar)   denoting a morpheme that can occur as a separate word  
   Compare       bound   1       8a  
22      (Logic)   denoting an occurrence of a variable not bound by a quantifier  
   Compare       bound   1       9  
23    (of some materials, such as certain kinds of stone) easily worked  
24      (Nautical)   (of the wind) blowing from the quarter  
25    free and easy   casual or tolerant; easy-going  
26    for free  
Not standard   without charge or cost  
27    usually imperative   to regard oneself as having permission to perform a specified action  
28    make free with   to take liberties with; behave too familiarly towards  
      adv  
29    in a free manner; freely  
30    without charge or cost  
31      (Nautical)   with the wind blowing from the quarter  
a yacht sailing free     
      vb   , frees, freeing, freed   tr  
32    sometimes foll by: up   to set at liberty; release  
33    to remove obstructions, attachments, or impediments from; disengage  
34    often foll by: of or from   to relieve or rid (of obstacles, pain, etc.)  
     (Old English freo; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fri, Gothic freis free, Sanskrit priya dear)  
  freer      n  
  freely      adv  
  freeness      n  


acceleration of free fall  
      n   the acceleration of a body falling freely in a vacuum in the earth's gravitational field: the standard value is 9.80665 metres per second per second or 32.174 feet per second per second.,   (Symbol)    g     (Also called)    acceleration due to gravity, acceleration of gravity  
alcohol-free  
      adj  
1    (of beer or wine) containing only a trace of alcohol  
   Compare       low-alcohol  
2    (of a period of time) during which no alcoholic drink is consumed  
there should be one or two alcohol-free days a week     
Congo Free State  
      n      a former name (1885--1908) of (Democratic Republic of the)       Congo       2  
cruelty-free  
      adj   (of a cosmetic or other product) developed without being tested on animals  
culture-free test  
      n   a test (usually for intelligence) that does not put anyone taking it at a disadvantage, for instance, as regards material or cultural background  
duty-free  
      adj  
      adv  
1    with exemption from customs or excise duties  
      n  
2    goods sold in a duty-free shop  
duty-free shop  
      n   a shop, esp. one at an airport or on board a ship, that sells perfume, tobacco, etc., at duty-free prices  
European Free Trade Association  
      n      See       EFTA  
fancy-free  
      adj   having no commitments; carefree  
-free  
      adj combining form   free from  
trouble-free, lead-free petrol     
free agent  
      n   a person whose actions are not constrained by others  
free alongside ship  
      adj   (of a shipment of goods) delivered to the dock without charge to the buyer, but excluding the cost of loading onto the vessel  
   Compare       free on board     (Abbrevs.)    FAS, f.a.s     (Also)    free alongside vessel  
free association  
      n  
1      (Psychoanal)   a method of exploring a person's unconscious by eliciting words and thoughts that are associated with key words provided by a psychoanalyst  
2    a spontaneous mental process whereby ideas, words, or images suggest other ideas, etc., in a nonlogical chain reaction  
Free Church  
      n     (Chiefly Brit)  
a    any Protestant Church, esp. the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church  
b    (as modifier)  
Free-Church attitudes     
free city  
      n   a sovereign or autonomous city; city-state  
free climbing  
      n     (Mountaineering)   climbing without using pitons, étriers, etc., as direct aids to ascent, but using ropes, belays, etc., at discretion for security  
   Compare       aid climbing  
free coinage  
      n     (U.S)   coinage of bullion brought to the mint by any individual  
free companion  
      n   (in medieval Europe) a member of a company of mercenary soldiers  
free company  
      n     (European history)   a band of mercenary soldiers during the Middle Ages  
free electron  
      n   any electron that is not attached to an ion, atom, or molecule and is free to move under the influence of an applied electric or magnetic field  
free energy  
      n   a thermodynamic property that expresses the capacity of a system to perform work under certain conditions  
   See       Gibbs function       Helmholtz function  
free enterprise  
      n   an economic system in which commercial organizations compete for profit with little state control  
free fall  
      n  
1    free descent of a body in which the gravitational force is the only force acting on it  
2    the part of a parachute descent before the parachute opens  
free flight  
      n   the flight of a rocket, missile, etc., when its engine has ceased to produce thrust  
free-floating  
      adj   unattached or uncommitted, as to a cause, a party, etc.  
  free-floater      n  
free-floating anxiety  
      n     (Psychiatry)   chronic anxiety occurring for no identifiable cause  
free-for-all  
      n  
Informal   a disorganized brawl or argument, usually involving all those present  
free form     (Arts)  
      n  
1    an irregular flowing shape, often used in industrial or fabric design  
      adj  
  free-form  
2    freely flowing, spontaneous  
free gift  
      n   something given away, esp. as an incentive to a purchaser  
free gold  
      n  
1    gold, uncombined with other minerals, found in a pure state  
2      (U.S.)   the excess of gold held by the Federal Reserve Banks over the legal reserve  
free hand  
      n  
1    unrestricted freedom to act (esp. in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)  
      adj  
      adv   , freehand  
2    (done) by hand without the use of guiding instruments  
a freehand drawing     
free-handed  
      adj   generous or liberal; unstinting  
  free-handedly      adv  
  free-handedness      n  
free-hearted  
      adj   frank and spontaneous; open; generous  
  free-heartedly      adv  
  free-heartedness      n  
free house  
      n     (Brit)   a public house not bound to sell only one brewer's products  
free kick  
      n     (Soccer)   a place kick awarded for a foul or infringement, either direct, from which a goal may be scored, or indirect, from which the ball must be touched by at least one other player for a goal to be allowed  
free labour  
      n  
1    the labour of workers who are not members of trade unions  
2    such workers collectively  
free list  
      n  
1      (Commerce)     (chiefly U.S.)   a list of commodities not subject to tariffs  
2    a list of people admitted free  
free-living  
      adj  
1    given to ready indulgence of the appetites  
2    (of animals and plants) not parasitic; existing independently  
  free-liver      n  
free love  
      n   the practice of sexual relationships without fidelity to a single partner or without formal or legal ties  
free market  
      n  
a    an economic system that allows supply and demand to regulate prices, wages, etc., rather than government policy  
b    (as modifier)  
a free-market economy     
free on board  
      adj   (of a shipment of goods) delivered on board ship or other carrier without charge to the buyer  
   Compare       free alongside ship     (Abbrevs.)    FOB, f.o.b  
free on rail  
      adj   (of a consignment of goods) delivered to a railway station and loaded onto a train without charge to the buyer,   (Abbrevs.)    FOR, f.o.r  
free port  
      n  
1    a port open to all commercial vessels on equal terms  
2      (Also called)    free zone   a zone adjoining a port that permits the duty-free entry of foreign goods intended for re-export  
free radical  
      n   an atom or group of atoms containing at least one unpaired electron and existing for a brief period of time before reacting to produce a stable molecule,   (Sometimes shortened to)    radical      Compare       group       10  
free-range  
      adj     (Chiefly Brit)   kept or produced in natural nonintensive conditions  
free-range hens, free-range eggs     
free recall  
      n     (Psychol)   the recollection of the members of a list of items without regard to their serial order  
free-running  
      adj  
1    (of a mechanism, material, etc.) moving smoothly and uninterruptedly  
2      (Electronics)   of or relating to a periodic signal that is not synchronized to a timing source  
free-running interference produces moving patterns on a television screen     
free-select  
      vb   tr     (Austral. history)   to select (areas of crown land) and acquire the freehold by a series of annual payments  
  free-selection      n  
  free-selector      n  
free silver  
      n   the unlimited minting of silver coins, esp. when at a fixed ratio to gold  
free skating  
      n   either the short programme of specified movements or the long programme chosen by a skater in a figure-skating competition  
Free Soil Party  
      n   a former U.S. political party opposing slavery from 1848 until 1854 when it merged with the Republican party  
free space  
      n   a region that has no gravitational and electromagnetic fields: used as an absolute standard,   (Also called (no longer in technical usage))    vacuum  
free speech  
      n   the right to express one's opinions publicly  
free-spoken  
      adj   speaking frankly or without restraint  
  free-spokenly      adv  
  free-spokenness      n  
Free State  
      n  
1    a province of central South Africa; replaced the former province of Orange Free State in 1994: gold and uranium mining. Capital: Bloemfontein. Pop.: 2782500 (1995 est.). Area: 129480 sq. km (49992 sq. miles)  
2      (U.S. history)   (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery  
3       short for the       Irish Free State  
free-swimming  
      adj   (of aquatic animals or larvae) not sessile or attached to any object and therefore able to swim freely in the water  
  free-swimmer      n  
free thought  
      n   thought unrestrained and uninfluenced by dogma or authority, esp. in religious matters  
free throw  
      n     (Basketball)   an unimpeded shot at the basket from the free-throw line given for a technical fault (one free shot) or a foul (two free shots)  
free trade  
      n  
1    international trade that is free of such government interference as import quotas, export subsidies, protective tariffs, etc.  
   Compare       protection       3  
2    Archaic   illicit trade; smuggling  
free-trader  
      n  
1    a person who supports or advocates free trade  
2    Archaic   a smuggler or smuggling vessel  
free verse  
      n   unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern  
free vote  
      n     (Chiefly Brit)   a parliamentary division in which members are not constrained by a party whip  
free will  
      n  
1   
a    the apparent human ability to make choices that are not externally determined  
b    the doctrine that such human freedom of choice is not illusory  
   Compare       determinism  
c    (as modifier)  
a free-will decision     
2    the ability to make a choice without coercion  
he left of his own free will: I did not influence him     
Free World  
      n   the. the non-Communist countries collectively, esp. those that are actively anti-Communist  
free zone  
      n   an area at a port where certain customs restrictions are not implemented  
   See also       free port  
Irish Free State  
      n   a former name for the (Republic of) Ireland (1921--37)  
mean free path  
      n   the average distance travelled by a particle, atom, etc., between collisions  
nuclear-free zone  
      n   an area barred, esp. by local authorities, to the storage or deployment of nuclear weapons  
Orange Free State  
      n   a former province of central South Africa, between the Orange and Vaal rivers: settled by Boers in 1836 after the Great Trek; annexed by Britain in 1848; became a province of South Africa in 1910; replaced in 1994 by the new province of Free State; economy based on agriculture and mineral resources (esp. gold and uranium). Capital: Bloemfontein  
post-free  
      adv  
      adj  
1      (Brit)   with the postage prepaid; post-paid  
2    free of postal charge  
rent-free  
      adj  
      adv   without payment of rent  
scot-free  
      adv  
      adj   predicative   without harm, loss, or penalty  
     (C16: see scot and lot)  
tax-free  
      adj   not needing to have tax paid on it  
tax-free savings schemes     
Wee Free  
      n  
Informal, often derogatory   a member of the minority of the Free Church of Scotland that refused to be joined with the United Free Church in 1900  
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n.
uppermost layer in Earth`s atmosphere; lies above the ionosphere and extends to the edge of interplanetary space
n.
an urban photography trend consisting in taking the pics from the top (and usually the edge) of high buildings
n.
buy one, get one free
It's a common form of sales promotion. This marketing technique is universally known in the marketing industry by the acronym BOGOF.
n.
free time spent taking care also of work-related tasks
formed based on "work" and "leisure"
n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
n.
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)
adj.
refers to a product or service whose design, blueprint or code is free to use and modify
Examples of open source projects: Linux, Mozzila Firefox (softwares); DIY open drones (drone design), arduino (electronics)
det.
Legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.
[Tech.];[Leg.] Legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.

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