- 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
- (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.
Examples from the Web for freefall
But so too might the elevator cable snap and send you into a freefall.Ding Dong, You Have Lice
October 31, 2013
It went into freefall as the political stalemate worsened through July.2011's Debt Ceiling Debacle
May 29, 2012
But if it drives readers even further away from old-fashioned newsprint, it could inadvertently send revenues into freefall.How the iPad Could Kill Newspapers
Richard J. Tofel
February 13, 2010
Some of the rock-star artists who experienced meteoric rises, helped by manipulations on the auction block, are now in freefall.Art's New Price Hype
May 12, 2009
I fell, spun, plunged head over heels through tilting lights and shadows that flung us through eternities of freefall.The Door Through Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
- 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
Word Origin and History for freefall
Idioms and Phrases with freefall
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]