EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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
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1915–20 verb (used without object), free-fell, free-fall·en, free-fall·ing. (of parachutists) to descend initially, as for a designated interval, in a free fall: The jumpers were required to free-fall for eight seconds. adjective denoting or suggesting a free fall: a free-fall recession.
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Examples from the Web for freefall Contemporary Examples of freefall
But so too might the elevator cable snap and send you into a
It went into
freefall as the political stalemate worsened through July.
But if it drives readers even further away from old-fashioned newsprint, it could inadvertently send revenues into
Some of the rock-star artists who experienced meteoric rises, helped by manipulations on the auction block, are now in
freefall. Historical Examples of freefall British Dictionary definitions for freefall noun 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
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Word Origin and History for freefall
free fall, free-fall, 1919, originally of parachutists and in rocketry, from free (adj.) + fall (v.).
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physics, the motion of a body being acted upon only by gravity. A satellite in orbit is in free fall, as is a skydiver (if we neglect the effects of air resistance). Note
During free fall, objects are said to be weightless.
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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]
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