- (of parachutists) to descend initially, as for a designated interval, in a free fall: The jumpers were required to free-fall for eight seconds.
- denoting or suggesting a free fall: a free-fall recession.
- the hypothetical fall of a body such that the only force acting upon it is that of gravity.
- the part of a parachute jump that precedes the opening of the parachute.
- a decline, especially a sudden or rapid decline, as in value or prestige, that appears to be endless or bottomless: The economy was in a free fall all winter.
Origin of free fall
Examples from the Web for free-fall
She had supported Stern when his own career had first been in gestation and then later in free-fall.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
September 8, 2014
Riding a warg, the Pale Orc watches as the company awaits their free-fall into death.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie
December 14, 2012
She went into position one without prompting as they jumped and began to free-fall.Exclusive Photo: Gabrielle Giffords’s Navy SEAL Skydive
February 27, 2012
That broke me from free-fall around Earth to gravity-fall toward Earth.Shipwreck in the Sky
All this, with some oil painting and free-fall workouts in the gym, passed the time.The Repairman
From the looks of Cadet Astro, free-fall wrestling should be child's play for him!Stand by for Mars!
There was a moment of free-fall, then the drive engine came on and the grav-field equilibrated.The Dueling Machine
Benjamin William Bova
Tom couldn't even go into free-fall for ten minutes without getting sick all over the place.Gold in the Sky
Alan Edward Nourse
- free descent of a body in which the gravitational force is the only force acting on it
- the part of a parachute descent before the parachute opens
Idioms and Phrases with free-fall
A rapid, uncontrolled decline, as in The markets threatened to go into free fall and we came close to outright panic. This term transfers the aeronautical meaning of a free fall, that is, “a fall through the air without any impedance, such as a parachute,” to other kinds of precipitous drop. [Second half of 1900s]