free

Definitions

  • Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column
    Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj free not literal "a loose interpretation of what she had been told","a free translation of the poem"
    • adj free completely wanting or lacking "writing barren of insight","young recruits destitute of experience","innocent of literary merit","the sentence was devoid of meaning"
    • adj free unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion "free expansion","free oxygen","a free electron"
    • adj free not fixed in position "the detached shutter fell on him","he pulled his arm free and ran"
    • adj free able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint "free enterprise","a free port","a free country","I have an hour free","free will","free of racism","feel free to stay as long as you wish","a free choice"
    • adj free not held in servitude "after the Civil War he was a free man"
    • adj free not occupied or in use "a free locker","a free lane"
    • adj free not taken up by scheduled activities "a free hour between classes","spare time on my hands"
    • adj free costing nothing "complimentary tickets","free admission"
    • adv free without restraint "cows in India are running loose"
    • v free make (assets) available "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"
    • v free let off the hook "I absolve you from this responsibility"
    • v free free or remove obstruction from "free a path across the cluttered floor"
    • v free remove or force out from a position "The dentist dislodged the piece of food that had been stuck under my gums","He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble"
    • v free release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
    • v free part with a possession or right "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest","resign a claim to the throne"
    • v free relieve from "Rid the house of pests"
    • v free grant freedom to; free from confinement
    • v free free from obligations or duties
    • v free make (information) available for publication "release the list with the names of the prisoners"
    • v free grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to "She exempted me from the exam"
    • n free people who are free "the home of the free and the brave"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

FREE CHAPEL, 1860 FREE CHAPEL, 1860
Grethari tries in vain to free himself Grethari tries in vain to free himself
The princess stands, free of the curse The princess stands, free of the curse
The Bear Breaking Free from the Ice The Bear Breaking Free from the Ice
Some fine Free Hitting Some fine Free Hitting
Free and Independent Elector Free and Independent Elector
The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard
THE CONVENT FREE FROM CARE THE CONVENT FREE FROM CARE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Thailand means "land of the free."
    • Free (O. Eng. Law) Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage.
    • Free Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
    • Free Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent. "My hands are guilty, but my heart is free ."
    • Free Exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one's own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one's own course of action; not dependent; at liberty. "That which has the power, or not the power, to operate, is that alone which is or is not free ."
    • Free Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; -- followed by from, or, rarely, by of. "Princes declaring themselves free from the obligations of their treaties."
    • Free Freely; willingly. "I as free forgive you
      As I would be forgiven."
    • Free Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; -- followed by of. "He therefore makes all birds, of every sect, Free of his farm."
    • Free Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.
    • Free Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; -- said of a government, institutions, etc.
    • Free Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money.
    • Free Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go. "Set an unhappy prisoner free ."
    • Free Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.
    • Free Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will. "Not free , what proof could they have given sincere
      Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love."
    • Free Not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty.
    • Free Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells.
    • Free (Law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren.
    • Free Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse.
    • Free Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; -- said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed; as, a free school. "Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me as for you?"
    • Free To frank.
    • Free To make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to release; to disengage; to clear; -- followed by from, and sometimes by off; as, to free a captive or a slave; to be freed of these inconveniences. "Our land is from the rage of tigers freed .""Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke."
    • Free To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of. "This master key Frees every lock, and leads us to his person."
    • Free Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative. "He was free only with a few."
    • Free Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense. "The critics have been very free in their censures.""A man may live a free life as to wine or women."
    • Free Without charge; as, children admitted free .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New Hampshire's license plates are stamped with the motto "Live Free Or Die." They are made by prison inmates.
    • free Not subjected to physical or moral restriction or control, either absolutely or in one or more particulars; able to act without external controlling interference; being at liberty: said of persons and of their acts or functions: as, free thought; a free conscience; free will or choice; the prisoner was set free; he was free to go or to stay.
    • free Unrestrained in movement; not constrained, as by fastenings, to remain in a certain position or to move in a certain direction: as, to get one's arm free; the free motion of a particle in space. See def. 17.
    • free Specifically, not subject to arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic governmental control, but existing under a government and laws based on the consent, expressed or implied, of the majority of the governed; having civil liberty: as, a free state or people; a free church.
    • free Based on the principles of civil liberty; not arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic: as, a free constitution or government.
    • free Characterized by liberty of action or expression; unreserved, open, frank, ingenuous, etc.: often with the implication of undue liberty.
    • free Loose; at liberty; wild: often used in old English poetry, mainly for alliteration, without special significance.
    • free Unrestrained by decency; bold; indecent.
    • free Clear of obstruction or impediment; not hindered or restricted; unobstructed: as, free motion; the water has a free passage or channel; a free field of action.
    • free Clear or exempt (from something); having immunity: with from, or sometimes of: as, free from disease, or from faults; a grove free from underbrush.
    • free Open for use or enjoyment; generally accessible or available; not appropriated; unrestricted: as, air and water are free; the ocean is a free highway for all nations; a free library.
    • free Specifically, not encumbered with taxes or customs-duties.
    • free Gratuitous; without compensation or reward; clear of equivalent or reciprocation: as, free schools or education; a free table; a free gift or service.
    • free Liberal; not parsimonious or sparing; giving or using, or disposed to give or use, generously or abundantly: as, he is very free with his money; a free patron of art.
    • free Invested with the rights or immunities (of); having a right to the freedom, enjoyment, or use (of): with of: as, a man free of the city of London.
    • free Ready; eager; not dull; acting without compulsion.
    • free Not holding strictly to rule or form or to an original: as, a free drawing; a free translation; a free fugue.
    • free Not attached or fixed; moving freely, or able to do so; detached from some support: as, the free larval form of an animal afterward becoming fixed.
    • free Specifically.
    • free In chem., not chemically combined with any other body; at liberty to escape: as, free carbonic-acid gas.
    • free In botany, not adnate to other organs: as, a free ovary (that is, one not united with the calyx); a free placenta (one detached from the walls of the ovary). It is sometimes used in the sense of distinct, or not adnate to adjacent organs of the same kind.
    • free In entomology, unrestrained in articulate movement; movable at the point of contact.
    • free Said of those parts of a limb which are beyond the common integument of the body.
    • free Noble.
    • free To use liberties with; use, or make use of, with undue freedom.
    • n free A person of free or noble birth; often, in early poetry, a lady.
    • free In a free manner, in any sense of the adjective; freely; with freedom or liberty.
    • free To make free; release from restraint or constraint; specifically, to release from bondage or from imprisonment: as, to free prisoners or slaves.
    • free To rid, as from something obstructive or restrictive; clear; disentangle; disengage: with from or of: as, to free a man from debt, or the feet from fetters; to free the lungs of morbid matter; to free a ship from water by pumping it out.
    • free To remove.
    • free To clear from blame or stain; absolve from some charge; gain pardon for.
    • free To indorse and send free by mail; frank.
    • free To make free; take liberties: followed by with.
    • free In horticulture, abundantly blooming or fruiting; also, of profuse and rapid growth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The internet is NOT FREE, a group of companies actually own the internet.
    • adj Free frē not bound: at liberty: not under arbitrary government: unimpeded: set at liberty: guiltless: frank: lavish: not attached: exempt (with from): having a franchise (with of): gratuitous: bold, indecent: idiomatic, as a translation
    • v.t Free to set at liberty: to deliver from what confines: to rid (with from, of):—pr.p. free′ing; pa.p. freed
    • n Free the practice of a freebooter: robbery, pillage
    • adj Free having a stone from which the pulp easily separates, as a peach—opp. to Clingstone
    • adj Free spontaneous
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Quotations

  • Jacques Prevert
    Jacques Prevert
    “When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Resolve and thou art free.”
  • Claudius
    Claudius
    “No one is free who does not lord over himself.”
  • St. Augustine
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    “He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.”
  • Ernest Benn
    Ernest Benn
    “Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.”

Idioms

Feel free - If you ask for permission to do something and are told to feel free, the other person means that there is absolutely no problem
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Free rein - If someone has a free rein, they have the authority to make the decisions they want without any restrictions. ('Free reign' is a common mistake.)
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Free-for-all - A free-for-all is a fight or contest in which everyone gets involved and rules are not respected.
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Get away scot-free - If someone gets away scot-free, they are not punished when they have done something wrong. ('Get off scot-free' is an alternative.)
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Scot free - If someone escapes scot free, they avoid payment or punishment. 'Scot' is an old word for a tax, so it originally referred to avoiding taxes, though now has a wider sense of not being punished for someone that you have done.
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Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free - This idiom is usually used to refer to men who don't want to get married, when they can get all the benefits of marriage without getting married.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fre, freo, AS. freó, frī,; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. frī, G. frei, Icel. frī, Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija, beloved, dear, fr. prī, to love, Goth. frijōn,. Cf. Affray Belfry Friday Friend Frith inclosure

Usage

In literature:

Expression is free, and worship is free as far as it is the expression of personal devotion.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Free trams may well imply free trains in the metropolitan and suburban area.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
It is only where there is neither a cultural nor a political order that commerce is absolutely free.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Rachel was no more free to keep her virginity than you were free to remain a Christian after the Turks captured you.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Her right arm free, she thrust her open palm against his jaw, forcing his head back.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Then dawn came stealing over the desert, and the two shook themselves free from sleep.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
He could not get free: and he was ashamed.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
She pulled her arm free.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The gills are always white, wide, ventricose, rounded next to the stem, and free from it.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
It is simply the free outcome of the free beliefs of the people, as much a part of them as the fruit is of the tree.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
This free end becomes the new plant and by the following fall or spring may be separated from its parent.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
They have organized also a free traveling library, and in four cities free kindergartens.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Female slaves often flee from their free husbands, but we never see male slaves abandon their free wives.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
She stood in the portal a moment, drinking hungrily the fresh, free air of the morning that had come down from her hills.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
It is the religion, she says, of all free souls.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
I know that in a country where the tillers of the fields are free, everybody is free and ought to be prosperous.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Water for live stock should be as free from contamination and as nearly pure as that used for household purposes.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
With his life free and untrammeled he might yet find the truth.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Many people free themselves from customs, but with difficulty do they get free from the idea of morality.
"Anarchism" by E. V. Zenker
If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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In poetry:

Perhaps you are free tomorrow?
If so, perhaps the matinee
Will teach us sorrow.
"Telephone At Twelve" by Isobel Stone
Said the NAFTA skeleton
Get rich, Free Trade,
Said the Maquiladora skeleton
Sweat shops, low paid
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
I labored up the valley
To granite mountains free.
You hurried down the river
To Zidon by the sea.
"Our Guardian Angels And Their Children" by Vachel Lindsay
Said the Think Tank skeleton
Free Market's the way
Said the Saving & Loan skeleton
Make the State pay
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
When his own good time arriveth,
Then will He,
From the load with which thou strivest,
Set thee free.
"My Heart" by Effie Afton
The Day-spring from above,
The Truth that maketh free:
Give us great hearts to love
A great land worthily!
"A Simple Song For America" by Karle Wilson Baker

In news:

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Free even by the standards of free countries.
BENHAM—There's not many things that are free in today's world, so when you have the chance to get something for free, you'd better make sure you take it.
Feeder -Free, Xeno-Free Culture of hESCs.
Debbie Dufault will receive a coupon for her choice of a free car wash, a free three-pack of tacos or a free pizza at Ampride Convenience Mart in Crookston.
Vlad Morozov also bettered the 100 free meet record with his 100 free relay leadoff.
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The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington's annual Holiday Ball brought in more than $204,000 to help support the health care provider's efforts to give free medical treatments to those in need.
"This training consists of administrative procedures for weed-free hay and forage inspections," said Don Gallegos, CDA's weed free forage program administrator.
(MLive.com periodically will profile a potential Detroit Red Wings free-agent target until the start of free agency on July 1).
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FREE AGENTS WHO COULD BE FITS FOR RANGERS: With MLB free agency officially underway, we're heading into the part of the off-season where reason often gives way to rampant speculation.
Cathy Free has written her " Free Lunch " column since 1999, believing that everyone has a story worth telling.
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In science:

These and results of a similar nature have been instrumental in applications of free probability to the study of the free group factors L(Fn ) and related factors; some of the first of these were , , , , .
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Furthermore, by a family of GPS of rank r over T , we mean the following (1) a rank r sheaf E on eX0 × T flat over T and locally free outside {x1 , x2} × T . (2) a locally free rank r quotient Q of Ex1 ⊕ Ex2 on T . (3) a flag bundle F lag~n(x) (Ex) on T with given weights for each x ∈ I .
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
Any stable GPS (E , Q) with rank(E ) > 0 must be locally free (i.e., E is locally free), and two stable GPS are s-equivalent iff they are isomorphic.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
The opacity κ has contributions from electron scattering, free-free absorption and electron conduction, which we calculate as described in Schatz et al. (1999).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Voiculescu [V1] has made a remarkable observation that for q = 0 random variables Gµ are free semicircular elements (an analogue of independent Gaussian variables in the free probability theory of Voiculescu [V3, VDN]).
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
Basel: Birkhaeuser. 227-241 (1995). [VDN] Voiculescu, D.V., Dykema, K.J. and Nica, A.: Free random variables. A noncommutative probability approach to free products with applications to random matrices, operator algebras and harmonic analysis on free groups.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
On the other hand, the mean free path of a proton in an ionized gas is orders of magnitude shorter than the atomic mean free path for T ∼ 104 K (Alcock & Illarionov 1980).
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
Starting with an anomaly free theory in higher dimensions, in ref. was given the condition that has to be fulfilled in order to obtain anomaly free theories in four dimensions after dimensional reduction.
Supersymmetry Breaking by Dimensional Reduction over Coset Spaces
The nearly-free limit: A Bose or Fermi gas weakly modulated by the lattice potential yields S~k~k′ = S~κ=~k−~k′ = |φ~κ |2S (free) .
Random Scattering by Atomic Density Fluctuations in Optical Lattices
At the level of chiral CFT the flat dimensions are described by the tensor product of D free bosons and D free fermions.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Let (B , XA , XA+ , N ) be a n.o.a. of type α, set X = XA ∪ XA+ , and let hX i be the free monoid, Lα = K hX i the free algebra, generated by X .
Number Operator Algebras
The same holds for the m-free and free products of states.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
GNS pre-Hilbert space) of filtered random variables we obtain m-free (free) random variables.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
As we showed in , the Boolean product is just the first-order approximation of the free product of states in free probability .
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
By taking linear combinations of sample sums corresponding to m-free (free) independent random variables, we obtain the m-free (free) Brownian motion .
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
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