• 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"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

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

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 .
    • ***
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.
    • ***
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
    • ***


  • 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
    “I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Resolve and thou art free.”
  • Claudius
    “No one is free who does not lord over himself.”
  • St. Augustine
    “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.”


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
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.)
Free-for-all - A free-for-all is a fight or contest in which everyone gets involved and rules are not respected.
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.)
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.
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.


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


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

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:

Music Phil Bacharach Sugar Free Allstars with Heidi Swedberg 2 pm Sunday Cafe Evoke 103 S Broadway, Edmond 285-1522 free.
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. Free Personalized Greeting Card with Free Shipping (today only.).
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.
( periodically will profile a potential Detroit Red Wings free-agent target until the start of free agency on July 1).
All Blogs Phlog Free Fun Shit: Sept 28-Oct 4: Group Hug's "Last Grr-Ah," free booze (.
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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Get a coupon for one free Safeway Select Simmering Sauce and one free Slow Cooker Sauce.

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