[adjective free-fawrm; adverb free-fawrm]
- 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
- 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
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Examples from the Web for free-form
The actors filled in the free-form “unconventional script” with their own life experiences.The Making of ‘Boyhood’: Richard Linklater’s 12-Year Journey to Create An American Masterpiece
July 10, 2014
He still goes back to Chicago from time-to-time to do free-form comedy sketches at the Improv Olympics.Michael Shannon Goes Crazy
September 30, 2011
Of course, when an entire throng is trying to rise above itself, an epidemic of free-form vulgarity and solipsism ensues.Punking the White House
November 27, 2009
- an irregular flowing shape, often used in industrial or fabric design
- freely flowing, spontaneous
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