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free flight

noun
1.
unassisted or unconstrained flight, as the flight of a rocket or missile without guidance or after fuel exhaustion or motor cutoff.
Origin of free flight
1920-1925
1920-25
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  • A subsequently constructed steam-propelled model made a free flight of forty yards.

  • He was thinking of Man, from the cave to Venus, from the wheel to free flight.

    The Mighty Dead William Campbell Gault
  • He could not essay it directly from the ground, his quarters being too straitened for free flight.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • We will reach it in something over two hours of free flight.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The rocket was now in free flight, its inertia counteracting gravitational pull.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • But he did notice that she looked rapt and starry-eyed even through the long and dreary hours of free flight.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It ran suspended to a wire on its trials but failed of free flight, in consequence of defective equilibrium.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • He has watched with envy the free flight of birds, and has tried to imitate it, usually with disastrous results.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for free flight

free flight

noun
1.
the flight of a rocket, missile, etc, when its engine has ceased to produce thrust
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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