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free flight

unassisted or unconstrained flight, as the flight of a rocket or missile without guidance or after fuel exhaustion or motor cutoff.
Origin of free flight
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was thinking of Man, from the cave to Venus, from the wheel to free flight.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault
  • We will reach it in something over two hours of free flight.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • A subsequently constructed steam-propelled model made a free flight of forty yards.

  • It ran suspended to a wire on its trials but failed of free flight, in consequence of defective equilibrium.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • He could not essay it directly from the ground, his quarters being too straitened for free flight.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • But he did notice that she looked rapt and starry-eyed even through the long and dreary hours of free flight.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • He has watched with envy the free flight of birds, and has tried to imitate it, usually with disastrous results.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
  • The rocket was now in free flight, its inertia counteracting gravitational pull.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for free flight

free flight

the flight of a rocket, missile, etc, when its engine has ceased to produce thrust
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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