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free-fall

[free-fawl] /ˈfriˌfɔl/
verb (used without object), free-fell, free-fallen, free-falling.
1.
(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
2.
denoting or suggesting a free fall:
a free-fall recession.
noun
3.
free fall (def 1, 2).
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  • 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
Word Origin and History for freefall

also free fall, free-fall, 1919, originally of parachutists and in rocketry, from free (adj.) + fall (v.).

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