free form


a shape having an irregular contour, chiefly used in nonrepresentational art and industrial design.
Linguistics. a linguistic form that can occur by itself, as fire, book, or run.
Compare bound form.

Origin of free form

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for free form (2 of 2)


or free·form

[ adjective free-fawrm; adverb free-fawrm ]
/ adjective ˈfriˌfɔrm; adverb ˈfriˈfɔrm /


characterized by free form: free-form sculpture.
not organized or planned in a conventional way: a free-form international conglomerate.
encouraged to function or evolve without advance planning; spontaneous: free-form management.


without restrictions or preconceptions: The children were allowed to paint free-form.

Origin of free-form

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for free form

free form
/ arts /


an irregular flowing shape, often used in industrial or fabric design

adjective free-form

freely flowing, spontaneous
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