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free-form

or free·form

[adjective free-fawrm; adverb free-fawrm]
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adjective
  1. characterized by free form: free-form sculpture.
  2. not organized or planned in a conventional way: a free-form international conglomerate.
  3. encouraged to function or evolve without advance planning; spontaneous: free-form management.
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adverb
  1. without restrictions or preconceptions: The children were allowed to paint free-form.
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Origin of free-form

First recorded in 1950–55

free form

noun
  1. a shape having an irregular contour, chiefly used in nonrepresentational art and industrial design.
  2. Linguistics. a linguistic form that can occur by itself, as fire, book, or run.
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Origin of free form

First recorded in 1945–50
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free form

noun
  1. an irregular flowing shape, often used in industrial or fabric design
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adjective free-form
  1. freely flowing, spontaneous
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