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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.
Compare bound form.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50

free-form

[adj. free-fawrm; adv. free-fawrm] /adj. ˈfriˌfɔrm; adv. ˈfriˈfɔrm/
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.
adverb
4.
without restrictions or preconceptions:
The children were allowed to paint free-form.
Also, freeform.
Origin
1950-55
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British Dictionary definitions for free form

free form

noun
1.
an irregular flowing shape, often used in industrial or fabric design
adjective
2.
freely flowing, spontaneous
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Encyclopedia Article for free form

an approach to jazz improvisation that emerged during the late 1950s, reached its height in the '60s, and remained a major development in jazz thereafter.

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