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freehand

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adjective
  1. drawn or executed by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids: a freehand map.
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adverb
  1. in a freehand manner: to draw freehand.
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Origin of freehand

First recorded in 1860–65; free + hand
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for freehand

Historical Examples

  • All of the children seemed to be naturally gifted at freehand drawing.

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    J. Dryden Kuser

  • The stiffness of the lines and circles reminds one more of ruler and compass than of the freehand work of prehistoric artists.

  • His Studies, avowedly classed as exercises of dexterity, stand to those of other writers as pictures to freehand drawing.

  • By art teaching I hasten to say that I do not mean giving children lessons in freehand drawing and perspective.

  • The reproduction of the freehand sketch of Magersfontein will show the strength of the ground taken up by the enemy.