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FREE FALL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does free fall mean? 

FREE FALL (noun)
  The noun FREE FALL has 2 senses:

1. the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field
2. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

  Familiarity information: FREE FALL used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FREE FALL (noun)


Sense 1free fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("free fall" is a kind of...):

drop; fall (a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity)


Sense 2free fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

free fall; drop; dip; fall

Context examples:

a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index / there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery / a dip in prices / when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall

Hypernyms ("free fall" is a kind of...):

decrease; decrement (the amount by which something decreases)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "free fall"):

correction (a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases)

voltage drop (a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing)


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