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/free"soy"leuhr/, n. a member of the Free Soil party or a supporter of its principles. [1840-50, Amer.; FREE SOIL (PARTY) + -ER1] * * *
/free"spen"ding/, adj. spending or tending to spend freely: If you don't mend your free-spending ways, you'll go bankrupt. * * *
—free-spokenly, adv. —free-spokenness, n. /free"spoh"keuhn/, adj. given to speaking freely or without reserve; frank; outspoken. [1615-25] * * *
free-standing [frē′stand΄iŋ] adj. 1. resting on its own support, without attachment or added support 2. independent; unaffiliated [a free-standing store, company, etc.] * * *
/free"swim"euhr/, n. Zool. an animal, as a fish, that swims about freely. * * *
/free"swim"ing/, adj. Zool. (of aquatic organisms) not attached to a base nor joined in a colony; capable of swimming about freely. [1890-95] * * *
—free-swinger, n. /free"swing"ing/, adj. recklessly daring in action or style: free-swinging stock market speculators. [1945-50; FREE(WHEELING) + SWINGING] * * *
free-tailed bat
/free"tayld'/ any of various small, swift, insect-eating bats of the family Molossidae, common in warm climates, having thick, leathery ears and a tail that projects well beyond ...
free-throw line (frēʹthrōʹ) n. See foul line. * * *
free-trade zone
foreign-trade zone. See free port (def. 1). Abbr.: FTZ * * * Area within which goods may be landed, handled, and re-exported freely. The purpose is to remove obstacles to trade ...
See free agent. * * *
free agent n. A professional athlete who is free to sign a contract with any team.   free agency n. * * *
freealongside ship
free alongside ship adv. & adj. Without charge to the purchaser for delivery to the point of loading aboard ship. * * *
free association n. 1. A spontaneous, logically unconstrained and undirected association of ideas, emotions, and feelings. 2. A psychoanalytic technique in which a patient's ...
—freebaser, n. /free"bays'/, v., freebased, freebasing, n. Slang. v.t. 1. to purify (cocaine) by dissolving in ether, sodium hydroxide, etc., and filtering off the ...
See freebase. * * *
/free"bee/, n. Informal. something given without charge or cost, as a ticket to a performance or sporting event or a free sample at a store. Also, freebee. [1940-45, Amer.; FREE ...
/free"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. Naut. a. the distance between the level of the water and the upper surface of the freeboard deck amidships at the side of a hull: regulated by the ...
freeboard deck
Naut. (on a cargo vessel) the uppermost deck officially considered to be watertight: used as the level from which the Plimsoll marks are measured. [1950-55] * * *
freeboard length
Naut. the length of a vessel, measured on the summer load line from the fore side of the stem to some part of the stern, usually the after side of the rudderpost. * * *
freeboard deck n. The uppermost complete deck of a ship having a secure means of closing all openings to be fully watertight. * * *
/free"booht'/, v.i. to act as a freebooter; plunder; loot. [1585-95; back formation from FREEBOOTER] * * *
/free"booh'teuhr/, n. a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer. [1560-70; Anglicization of D vrijbuiter, equiv. to vrij free + buit BOOTY + -er -ER1] * * *
/free"booh'tee/, n. Obs. plunder; loot; spoils. [1615-25; FREEBOOT(ER) + (BOOT)Y] * * *
/free"bawrn'/, adj. 1. born free, rather than in slavery, bondage, or vassalage. 2. pertaining to or befitting persons born free. [1300-50; ME freborn, freeborn. See FREE, ...
freecentral placentation
free central placentation n. Botany The arrangement of ovules on a central column that is not connected to the ovary wall by partitions, as in the ovaries of the carnation and ...
free city n. A city governed as an autonomous political unit under international auspices. * * *
Freed, Arthur
orig. Arthur Grossman born Sept. 9, 1894, Charleston, S.C., U.S. died April 12, 1973, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. film producer and lyricist. He performed in vaudeville and wrote ...
Freed, James Ingo
▪ 2006       German-born American architect (b. June 23, 1930, Essen, Ger.—d. Dec. 15, 2005, New York, N.Y.), designed numerous Modernist buildings, most notably the ...
Freed, Leonard
▪ 2007       American photojournalist (b. Oct. 23, 1929, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. Nov. 29, 2006, Garrison, N.Y.), joined the Magnum Photos cooperative agency in 1972 and was ...
/freed"meuhn/, n., pl. freedmen. a man who has been freed from slavery. [1595-1605; FREED + MAN1] * * * ▪ labour       former slave set free. In ancient Athens, former ...
Freedman, Maurice
▪ British anthropologist born Dec. 11, 1920, London, Eng. died July 14, 1975, London       British scholar who was one of the world's leading experts on Chinese ...
Freedman, Michael Hartley
▪ American mathematician born April 21, 1951, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.       American mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1986 for his solution of the ...
Freedmen's Bureau
U.S. Hist. an agency of the War Department set up in 1865 to assist freed slaves in obtaining relief, land, jobs, fair treatment, and education. * * * (1865–72) U.S. agency ...
/free"deuhm/, n. 1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial. 2. exemption from external ...
freedom fighter
a fighter for freedom, esp. a person who battles against established forces of tyranny and dictatorship. [1940-45] * * *
Freedom House
▪ American organization       U.S. nongovernmental organization that promotes democracy and monitors the extent of political and economic freedom in countries ...
freedom march
—freedom marcher. an organized march protesting a government's restriction of or lack of support for civil rights, esp. such a march in support of racial integration in the ...
freedom of assembly
n [U] the right to have public meetings. This right became part of US law under the First Amendment. In Britain, people are generally free to have public meetings and this feedom ...
freedom of association
n [U] the right to meet people and to form organizations without having to ask for permission from the government. People in America and Britain have this right. * * *
freedom of information
n [U] the right to see any information that is held by the government. Both the US and UK have a Freedom of Information Act that allows people to see certain information held by ...
Freedom of Information Act
U.S. Govt. a law enacted in 1966 requiring that government records except those relating to national security, confidential financial data, and law enforcement be made available ...
freedom of religion
n [U] the right to choose which religion to belong to, or to belong to no religion. This right became part of American law under the First Amendment. In Britain, religious ...
freedom of speech
the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc. Also called ...
freedom of the city
1. nominal citizenship in a city, conferred as an honor upon important visitors. 2. (formerly) official citizenship in a city, conferred upon distinguished ...
freedom of the press
the right to publish newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter without governmental restriction and subject only to the laws of libel, obscenity, sedition, etc. * * *
freedom of the seas
Internat. Law. the doctrine that ships of neutral countries may sail anywhere on the high seas without interference by warring powers. [1915-20] * * *
freedom ride
—freedom rider. (esp. in the 1960s) a bus trip made to parts of the southern U.S. by persons engaging in efforts to integrate racially segregated public facilities. Also, ...
freedom riders
n [pl] (AmE) groups of black and white people from the northern US who in 1961 rode together in buses in the Deep South as a protest against segregation on public transport ...
Freedom Rides
      in U.S. history, a series of political protests against segregation (segregation, racial) by blacks and whites who rode buses together through the American South in ...
freedom, degree of
▪ mathematics and statistics       in mathematics, any of the number of independent quantities necessary to express the values of all the variable properties of a ...
freedom fighter n. One engaged in armed rebellion or resistance against an oppressive government. * * *
freedomof the seas
freedom of the seas n. 1. The doctrine that ships of any nation may travel through international waters unhampered. 2. The right of neutral shipping in wartime to trade at will ...
See freedom rider. * * *
freedom rider n. One of an interracial group of civil rights activists in the early 1960s who rode buses through parts of the southern United States for the purpose of ...
/freed"woom'euhn/, n., pl. freedwomen. a woman who has been freed from slavery. [1865-70, Amer.; FREED + WOMAN] * * *
free energy n. 1. A thermodynamic quantity that is the difference between the internal energy of a system and the product of its absolute temperature and entropy. 2. A ...
free enterprise n. The freedom of private businesses to operate competitively for profit with minimal government regulation.   freeʹ-enʹter·prise' (frēʹĕnʹtər-prīz') ...
free fall or free-fall (frēʹfôlʹ) n. 1. The fall of a body within the atmosphere without a drag-producing device such as a parachute. 2. The ideal falling motion of a body ...
free flight n. Flight, as of an aircraft or spacecraft, after termination of powered flight. * * *
(in Britain) a special service provided by BT which allows people to make free telephone calls to a company or organization. Freefone numbers begin with 0800. They are usually ...
free·form (frēʹfôrm') adj. 1. Having or characterized by a usually flowing asymmetrical shape or outline: freeform sculpture. 2. Characterized by an unconventional or ...
Freegans-the Ultimate Recyclers
▪ 2009 by Mary Grigsby       In 2008 widespread media attention gave the little-known freegan (free + vegan) movement greater visibility in mainstream culture. ...
/free"hand'/, adj. 1. drawn or executed by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids: a freehand map. adv. 2. in a freehand manner: to draw ...
freehanded [frē′han΄did] adj. generous; openhanded * * * free·hand·ed (frēʹhănʹdĭd) adj. Openhanded; generous. See Synonyms at liberal.   freeʹhandʹed·ly ...
See freehanded. * * *
See freehandedly. * * *
freehearted [frē′härt΄id] adj. 〚ME frehertet〛 frank, open, generous, impulsive, etc. * * * free·heart·ed (frēʹhärʹtĭd) adj. 1. Unreserved; open. 2. Chiefly ...
See freehearted. * * *
See freeheartedly. * * *
/free"hohld'/, Law. 1. an estate in land, inherited or held for life. n. 2. a form of tenure by which an estate is held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life. adj. 3. pertaining ...
/free"hohld'/, n. a town in E New Jersey: battle of Monmouth courthouse 1778. 10,020. Formerly, Monmouth. * * * In Anglo-American law, ownership of a substantial interest in ...
/free"hohl'deuhr/, n. 1. the owner of a freehold. 2. (in some U.S. counties) a registered voter who owns local property and has been a local resident for a specified length of ...
freeing port
Naut. an opening in the bottom of a bulwark, for rapid drainage of a weather deck in heavy seas; scupper. [1875-80] * * *
free kick n. An unobstructed kick of a stationary ball, as in soccer or Rugby, especially one awarded when the opposition commits a foul. * * *
/free"lans', -lahns', -lans", -lahns"/, n., v., freelanced, freelancing, adj., adv. n. Also, free lance. 1. Also, freelancer. a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, ...
/free"lan'seuhr, -lahn'-/, n. freelance (def. 1). Also, free-lancer. * * *
Freeling, Nicolas
▪ 2004 Nicolas Davidson        British novelist and detective-story writer (b. March 3, 1927, London, Eng.—d. July 20, 2003, Grandfontaine, France), penned 36 works of ...
—freeloader, n. /free"lohd", -lohd'/, v.i. Informal. 1. to take advantage of others for free food, entertainment, etc. v.t. 2. to get by freeloading: He freeloaded several ...
☆ freeloader [frē′lōd΄ər ] n. Informal a person who habitually imposes on others for free food, lodging, etc.; sponger freeload vi. freeloading adj. * * * See ...
free love n. The belief in or practice of sexual relations without marriage and without formal obligations. * * *
free lunch n. Slang Something acquired without due effort or without cost. * * *
/free"lee/, adv. in a free manner. [bef. 900; ME freliche, OE freolice. See FREE, -LY] * * *
/free"meuhn/, n., pl. freemen. 1. a person who is free; a person who enjoys personal, civil, or political liberty. 2. a person who enjoys or is entitled to citizenship, ...
/free"meuhn/, n. 1. Douglas Southall /sow"dhawl/, 1886-1953, U.S. journalist and biographer. 2. Edward Augustus, 1823-92, English historian. 3. Mary E(leanor Wilkins), 1862-1930, ...
Freeman, Alan Leslie
▪ 2007 “Fluff”        Australian-born British radio personality (b. July 6, 1927, Melbourne, Australia—d. Nov. 27, 2006, Twickenham, Middlesex, Eng.), as the host ...
Freeman, Bud
▪ American musician byname of  Lawrence Freeman   born April 13, 1906, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died March 15, 1991, Chicago  American jazz musician, who, along with Coleman ...
Freeman, Cathy
▪ 1998       In 1997 Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman gained international renown not only for how she carried herself on the track but also for what she carried on the ...
Freeman, Douglas Southall
▪ American writer born , May 16, 1886, Lynchburg, Va., U.S. died June 13, 1953, Westbourne, Hampton Gardens, near Richmond, Va.       American journalist and author ...
Freeman, Kathleen
▪ 2002       American character actress (b. Feb. 17, 1919, Chicago, Ill.—d. Aug. 23, 2001, New York, N.Y.), appeared in some 100 films, including nearly a dozen Jerry ...
Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins
▪ American author née  Mary Eleanor Wilkins  born Oct. 31, 1852, Randolph, Mass., U.S. died March 13, 1930, Metuchen, N.J.  American writer known for her stories and ...
Freeman, Morgan
▪ American actor born June 1, 1937, Memphis, Tenn., U.S.    American actor whose emotional depth and versatility made him one of the most respected performers of his ...
Freeman, Richard Austin
▪ English author born , 1862, London died Sept. 30, 1943, Gravesend, Kent, Eng.  popular English author of novels and short stories featuring the fictional character John ...
Freeman, Sir Ralph
▪ British engineer born Nov. 27, 1880, London died March 11, 1950, London       English civil engineer whose Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932), New South Wales, with a main ...
free market n. An economic market in which supply and demand are not regulated or are regulated with only minor restrictions. * * *
/free"mahr'tn/, n. a female calf that is born as a twin with a male and is sterile as a result of exposure to masculinizing hormones produced by the male. [1675-85; orig. ...
—freemasonic /free'meuh son"ik/, adj. /free"may'seuhn, free'may"-/, n. 1. a member of a widely distributed secret order (Free and Accepted Masons), having for its object mutual ...
/free"may'seuhn ree/, n. 1. secret or tacit brotherhood; fellowship; fundamental bond or rapport: the freemasonry of those who hunger for knowledge. 2. (cap.) the principles, ...
➡ Freemasonry * * *
See freely. * * *
freeon board
free on board adj. & adv. Abbr. FOB Without charge to the purchaser for delivery on board or into a carrier at a specified point or location. * * *
/free"pawrt', -pohrt'/, n. 1. a village on SW Long Island, in SE New York. 38,272. 2. a city in NW Illinois. 26,406. 3. a city in SE Texas. 13,444. * * * ▪ Illinois, United ...
(in Britain) a special service provided by the Post Office that allows people to post letters without a stamp to a company or organization by using ‘Freepost’ in the address. ...
freer1 /free"euhr/, n. a person or thing that frees. [1600-10; FREE + -ER1] freer2 /free"euhr/, adj. comparative of free. * * *
Freer Gallery of Art
▪ museum, Washington, District of Columbia, United States       museum in Washington, D.C., endowed and built by the Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer to house ...
free radical n. An atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. In animal tissues, free radicals can damage cells ...
free rein n. Unlimited freedom to act or make decisions: gave me free rein to reorganize the department. * * *
free ride n. Slang Something acquired without the ordinary effort or cost.   free rider n. * * *
See free ride. * * *
/free"zhee euh, -zee euh, -zheuh/, n. any of several plants belonging to the genus Freesia, of the iris family, native to southern Africa, having fragrant white, yellow, or ...
free silver n. The free coinage of silver, especially at a fixed ratio to gold. * * *
See free skating. * * *
free skating n. Freestyle ice skating.   free skater n. * * *
free soil n. U.S. territory in which slavery was prohibited before the Civil War. * * *
free speech n. The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government. * * *
free spirit n. One who is not restrained, as by convention or obligation; a nonconformist. * * *
/free"ist/, adj. superlative of free. * * *
/free"stan"ding/, adj. 1. (of sculpture or architectural elements) unattached to a supporting unit or background; standing alone. 2. not affiliated with others of its kind; ...
Free State (frē) n. 1. Any state of the Union in which slavery was illegal before the Civil War. 2. The Irish Free State. 3. The Congo Free State. 4. The Orange Free State. * * ...
/free"stohn'/, n. 1. a fruit having a stone to which the flesh does not cling, as certain peaches and plums. 2. the stone itself. 3. any stone, as sandstone, that can be freely ...
Freestone State
/free"stohn'/ Connecticut (used as a nickname). [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
—freestyler, n. /free"stuyl'/, n. 1. Swimming. a. competition in which any of the standard strokes may be used, according to the swimmer's choice. b. the crawl. 2. Wrestling. ...
freestyle skiing
▪ sport   winter sport that combines skiing and acrobatics. The sport has experimented with a range of events, but there are two that have been constant through the course ...
freestyle wrestling
▪ sport  one of three styles of wrestling used in international amateur competition (the others are Greco-Roman wrestling and sambo) under supervision of the Fédération ...
See freestyle. * * *
/free"tayl'/, n. a free-tailed bat. [FREE + TAIL1] * * *
—freethinking, adj., n. /free"thing"keuhr/, n. a person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, esp. a person whose religious opinions ...
See freethinker. * * *
free thought n. Thought that rejects authority and dogma, especially in religion; freethinking. * * *
free throw n. See foul shot. * * *
/free"town'/, n. a seaport in and the capital of Sierra Leone, in W Africa. 214,000. * * * Capital (pop., 1999 est.: metro. area: 822,000) and largest city of Sierra ...
free trade n. Trade between nations without protective customs tariffs.   free trader n. * * *
See free trade. * * *
free university n. An independent unaccredited organization established by students within a university for the study of nontraditional subjects. * * *
free verse n. Verse composed of variable, usually unrhymed lines having no fixed metrical pattern.   [Translation of French vers libre: vers, verse + libre, free.] * * *
/free"wair'/, n. computer software distributed without charge. Cf. shareware. [1980-85] * * *
/free"way'/, n. 1. an express highway with no intersections, usually having traffic routed on and off by means of a cloverleaf. 2. a toll-free highway. [1925-30, Amer.; FREE + ...
➡ roads and road signs * * *
free weight n. A weight, such as a barbell or dumbbell, that is not attached to another structural device and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms in ...
/free"hweel", -weel"/, n. 1. a device in the transmission of a motor vehicle that automatically disengages the drive shaft whenever it begins to turn more rapidly than the ...
/free"hwee"leuhr, -wee"-/, n. 1. a vehicle that can freewheel. 2. a person who works or lives in an independent, often daring, way. 3. a person who is primarily concerned with ...
/free"hwee"ling, -wee"-/, adj. 1. operating in the manner of a freewheel. 2. (of a person) moving about freely, independently, or irresponsibly. 3. (of words, remarks, actions, ...
/free"wil"/, adj. 1. made or done freely or of one's own accord; voluntary: a freewill contribution to a political fund. 2. of or pertaining to the metaphysical doctrine of the ...
freewill offering
a voluntary religious contribution made in addition to what may be expected or required. [1525-35] * * *
free world n. The countries of the world that have democratic and capitalistic or moderately socialistic systems rather than communist or totalitarian systems. * * *
See freeze. * * *
—freezable, adj. —freezability, n. /freez/, v., froze, frozen, freezing, n. v.i. 1. to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid ...
freeze etching
Biol. the preparation of material for electron microscopic study by freeze fracturing and then subliming a layer of ice crystals from the fractured plane to expose the natural ...
freeze fracturing
Biol. a method of preparing a biological specimen for electron microscopic study by rapid freezing, cleaving with a sharp knife or razor, and then covering with a thin layer of ...
freeze frame
—freeze-frame, adj. Television, Motion Pictures. 1. Also called stop motion. an optical effect or technique in which a single frame of film is reprinted in a continuous series, ...
/freez"druyd"/, adj. (of foods and beverages) preserved by means of freeze-drying: freeze-dried coffee. [1945-50] * * *
/freez"druy"/, v.t., freeze-dried, freeze-drying. to subject to freeze-drying. [1945-50] * * *
/freez"druy"ing/, n. a process for drying heat-sensitive substances, as foods, blood plasma, antibiotics, and the like, by freezing the substance and then subliming the ice or ...
/freez"ech'/, v.t. to prepare (material) for the electron microscope by freeze etching. * * *
freeze-etch·ing (frēzʹĕch'ĭng) n. A method of specimen preparation for electron microscopy in which a replica is made from a sample that has been rapidly frozen and then ...
/freez"frak"cheuhr/, v.t., freeze-fractured, freeze-fracturing. to prepare (material) for the electron microscope by freeze fracturing. [1965-70] * * *
freeze-frame or freeze frame (frēzʹfrām') n. 1. A still picture in the course of a movie or television film, made by running a series of identical frames or by stopping a reel ...
/freez"up'/, n. Informal. 1. a freezing over of a body of water in an area. 2. a period of below-freezing temperatures. 3. the condition of being immobilized or inoperative ...
/freez"owt'/, n. Poker. a game in which each player begins with a predetermined amount of money and must withdraw from the game once that amount is lost, until one player is left ...
/free"zeuhr/, n. 1. a refrigerator, refrigerator compartment, cabinet, or room held at or below 32°F (0°C), used esp. for preserving and storing food. 2. a machine containing ...
freezer burn
light-colored spots that appear on frozen food, caused by loss of surface moisture due to faulty packaging or improper freezing methods. * * *
freezer burn n. Discoloration that appears on improperly or inadequately packaged frozen food, caused by evaporation of moisture. * * *
—freezingly, adv. /free"zing/, adj. 1. (of temperatures) approaching, at, or below the freezing point. 2. extremely or uncomfortably cold; chilled: We were both freezing and ...
freezing drizzle
drizzle that falls as a liquid but freezes into glaze or rime upon contact with the ground. [1955-60] * * *
freezing nucleus
▪ meteorology       any particle that, when present in a mass of supercooled water, will induce growth of an ice crystal about itself; most ice crystals in the ...
freezing point
Physical Chem. the temperature at which a liquid freezes: The freezing point of water is 32°F, 0°C. [1740-50] * * * Temperature at which a liquid becomes a solid. When the ...
freezing rain
rain that falls as a liquid but freezes into glaze upon contact with the ground. [1790-1800] * * *
freez·ing point (frēʹzĭng) n. Abbr. fp 1. The temperature at which a liquid of specified composition solidifies under a specified pressure. 2. The temperature at which the ...
free zone n. An area at a port or city where goods may be received and held without the payment of duty. * * *
/frdday"geuh/, n. (Friedrich Ludwig) Gottlob /gawt"lohp/, 1848-1925, German mathematician and logician. * * *
Frege, (Friedrich Ludwig) Gottlob
born Nov. 8, 1848, Wismar, Mecklenburg-Schwerin died July 26, 1925, Bad Kleinen, Ger. German mathematician and logician, inventor of modern mathematical logic and one of the ...
Frege, Gottlob
▪ German mathematician and philosopher Introduction born November 8, 1848, Wismar, Mecklenburg-Schwerin died July 26, 1925, Bad Kleinen, Germany  German mathematician and ...
F region n. See F layer. * * *
/frdday/, n. Eduardo /e dwahrdd"dhaw/, born 1911, Chilean statesman: president 1964-70. * * *
Frei (Montalva), Eduardo
born Jan. 16, 1911, Santiago, Chile died Jan. 22, 1982, Santiago Chilean politician and president (1964–70). He earned a law degree in 1933, held government posts in the ...
Frei, Eduardo
▪ president of Chile in full  Eduardo Frei Montalva  born January 16, 1911, Santiago, Chile died January 22, 1982, Santiago       Chilean politician and the first ...
▪ Germany       city, Saxony Land (state), eastern Germany. It lies on the Freiberger Mulde River, at the northeastern foot of the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge), ...
/frdduy"boorddk'/, n. 1. a city in SW Baden-Württemberg, in SW Germany. 178,700. 2. German name of Fribourg. * * *
Freiburg (im Breisgau)
City (pop., 2002 est.: 208,294), southwestern Germany. It is situated on the western slopes of the Black Forest. Chartered in 1120, Freiburg passed to the counts of Urach (later ...
Freiburg im Breisgau
▪ Germany  city, Baden-Württemberg Land (state), southwestern Germany. It is picturesquely situated on the western slopes of the Black Forest, where the Dreisam River ...
Freiburg, Albert Ludwig University of
▪ university, Freiburg, Germany German  in full Albert-ludwigs-universität Freiburg Im Breisgau,         academically autonomous coeducational institution of higher ...
▪ German poet flourished 13th century       German didactic poet whose work became regarded as a standard repository of moral precepts.       Nothing about this ...
Freie Bühne
▪ theatre, Berlin, Germany German“Free Stage”       independent Berlin theatre founded in 1889 by 10 writers and critics and supervised by the writer-director Otto ...
—freightless, adj. /frayt/, n. 1. goods, cargo, or lading transported for pay, whether by water, land, or air. 2. the ordinary conveyance or means of transport of goods ...
freight agent
a representative of a common carrier who manages the freight business in a local district. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
freight car
any car for carrying freight. [1825-35] * * * also called  Goods Waggon,         railroad car designed to carry cargo. Early freight cars were made largely of wood. ...
freight engine
a locomotive for pulling freight trains, designed for high drawbar pull rather than high speed. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
freight forwarder
a person or firm that arranges to pick up or deliver goods on instructions of a shipper or a consignee from or to a point by various necessary conveyances and common carriers. ...
freight house
a depot or storage place for freight. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
freight pass-through
Com. a special allowance or discounted price given a bookseller or bookstore by a publishing house for paying the freight charge on a shipment of books ordered: so called because ...
freight ton
ton1 (def. 2). * * *
freight train
a train of freight cars. [1835-45] * * *
freight trains
➡ railways and railroads * * *
/fray"tij/, n. 1. the transportation of goods. 2. the price for this. 3. freight, cargo, or lading. [1685-95; FREIGHT + -AGE] * * *
freight car n. A railroad car designed for carrying freight. * * *
/fray"teuhr/, n. 1. a vessel used mainly for carrying cargo. 2. a large aircraft or spacecraft used primarily for transporting cargo and equipment: The space station of the ...
/frayt"luy'neuhr/, n. Chiefly Brit. a train for transporting containerized freight. [1960-65; FREIGHT + LINER1] * * *
freight train n. A railroad train consisting of an engine and freight cars. * * *
(as used in expressions) Krafft Ebing Richard Freiherr Baron von Leibniz Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr baron von Leibniz Liebig Justus Freiherr baron von Wolff Christian Freiherr ...
Freij, Elias
▪ 1999       Palestinian politician who served as mayor of Bethlehem for 25 years, from 1972 to 1997, and during those years worked to bring about Palestinian-Israeli ...
(German: "Free Corps") Private German paramilitary groups that first appeared in late 1918 after Germany's defeat in World War I. Composed of ex-soldiers and unemployed youth and ...
Freiligrath, Ferdinand
▪ German poet born June 17, 1810, Detmold, Westphalia [Germany] died March 18, 1876, Cannstatt, near Stuttgart, Ger.       one of the outstanding German political poets ...
Freire, Paulo
born Sept. 19, 1921, Recife, Braz. died May 2, 1997, São Paulo Brazilian educator. His ideas developed from his experience teaching Brazil's peasants to read. His interactive ...
Freis, Edward David
▪ 2006       American physician and medical researcher (b. May 13, 1912, Chicago, Ill.—d. Feb. 1, 2005, Washington, D.C.), successfully demonstrated the benefits of ...
▪ Germany  city, Bavaria Land (state), southern Germany. It lies along the Isar River, north-northeast of Munich. It was the site of a castle in the 8th century, and, ...
▪ Austria       town, north-central Austria, near the Czech Republic frontier. First mentioned in 1241, it is an old fortified town on the ancient iron- and salt-trade ...
▪ France       town, Var département, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur région, southeastern France. It lies south of the Estérel Massif, southwest of Cannes. The town is ...
Fre·leng (frēʹlĕng), Isadore. Known as “Friz.” 1905-1995. American animator who, during his career with Warner Brothers, created such classic cartoon characters as Bugs ...
Freleng, Friz
▪ American animator byname of  Isadore Freleng,  also called  I. Freleng  born August 21, 1906, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. died May 26, 1995, Los Angeles, ...
Freleng, Isadore
▪ 1996       ("FRIZ"), U.S. animator (b. Aug. 21, 1906, Kansas City, Mo.—d. May 26, 1995, Los Angeles, Calif.), was a pioneering producer and director of more than 300 ...
▪ political party, Mozambique byname of  Mozambique Liberation Front , Portuguese  Frente de Libertação Moçambique        political and military movement that ...
/free"ling huy'zeuhn/, n. Frederick Theodore, 1817-85, U.S. statesman. * * *
Frelinghuysen, Frederick Theodore
born Aug. 4, 1817, Millstone, N.J., U.S. died May 20, 1885, Newark, N.J. U.S. politician. Born into a prominent political family, he helped found the New Jersey Republican ...
/free"man'tl/, n. a seaport in SW Australia, near Perth. 25,990. * * * ▪ Western Australia, Australia       city and principal port of Western Australia, on the Indian ...
/frem"i teuhs/, n., pl. fremitus. Med. palpable vibration, as of the walls of the chest. [1810-20; < NL, L: a roaring, murmuring, equiv. to fremi-, var. stem of fremere to roar, ...
/free"mont/, n. 1. a city in W California, near San Francisco Bay. 131,945. 2. a city in E Nebraska, on the Platte River, near Omaha. 23,979. 3. a city in N Ohio. 17,834. * * ...
/free"mont/, n. John Charles, 1813-90, U.S. general and explorer: first Republican presidential candidate, 1856. * * * City (pop., 2000: 203,413), California, U.S. It is located ...
Frémont, Jessie Ann Benton
▪ American writer née  Jessie Ann Benton  born May 31, 1824, near Lexington, Va., U.S. died Dec. 27, 1902, Los Angeles, Calif.  American writer whose literary career arose ...
Frémont, John C
▪ American explorer, military officer, and politician born Jan. 21, 1813, Savannah, Ga., U.S. died July 13, 1890, New York, N.Y.  American mapmaker and explorer of the Far ...
Frémont, John C(harles)
born Jan. 21, 1813, Savannah, Ga., U.S. died July 13, 1890, New York, N.Y. U.S. explorer. In 1838 he helped Joseph Nicholas Nicollet (1786–1843) survey and map the upper ...
Frémont,John Charles
Fré·mont (frēʹmŏnt'), John Charles. 1813-1890. American explorer, soldier, and politician who explored and mapped much of the American West and Northwest, served as U.S. ...
fre·mont·i·a (frē-mŏnʹtē-ə, -chē-ə, frĭ-) n. The flannel bush.   [New Latin, after Frémont, John Charles.] * * *
Frémy, Edmond
▪ French chemist born Feb. 28, 1814, Versailles, Fr. died Feb. 3, 1894, Paris       French chemist best known for his investigations of fluorine compounds. In 1831 he ...
frena [frē′nə] n. alt. pl. of FRENUM * * * fre·na (frēʹnə) n. A plural of frenum. * * *
/free"nayt/, adj. having a frenum or frenulum. [ < NL frenatus, special use of L frenatus furnished with a bridle. See FRENUM, -ATE1] * * *
—Frenchness, n. /french/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of France, its inhabitants, or their language, culture, etc.: French cooking. n. 2. the people of France ...
French 75
▪ cannon       field gun of 75-millimetre (2.95-inch) bore devised in 1894 by Colonel Albert Deport of the French army. It was distinguished from other cannon of its ...
French Academy
an association of 40 scholars and men and women of letters, established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu and devoted chiefly to preserving the purity of the French language and ...
French and Indian War
the war in America in which France and its Indian allies opposed England 1754-60: ended by Treaty of Paris in 1763. * * * North American phase of a war between France and ...
French and Saunders
a series of popular British comedy television programmes written and performed by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in the 1980s and 1990s. The programmes consisted of several ...
French arch
an arch similar to a flat arch, but having voussoirs inclined to the same angle on each side of the center. * * *
French bean
Brit. the pod of a green bean or wax bean, eaten as a vegetable. [1545-55] * * *
French bed
a bed without posts, terminating in identical outward-curving rolls at the head and the foot. [1815-25] * * *
French bread
a yeast-raised bread made of dough containing water and distinguished by its thick, well-browned crust, usually made in long, slender, tapered loaves. Cf. baguette (def. ...
French Broad River
River, western North Carolina, U.S. Rising in the Blue Ridge and flowing 210 mi (340 km) north through the Great Smoky Mountains into Tennessee, it then turns west to join the ...
French bulldog
one of a French breed of small, bat-eared dogs having a large, square head, a short tail, and a short, sleek coat. [1870-75, Amer.] * * * ▪ breed of dog  breed of dog of the ...
French Cameroons
Cameroun (def. 2). * * *
French Canadian
1. a descendant of the early French colonists of Canada. 2. the language of the French Canadians. 3. one of a Canadian breed of small, dark-brown dairy cattle, raised chiefly in ...
French chalk
a talc for marking lines on fabrics. [1720-30] * * *
French chop
a rib chop, usually of lamb, with the meat trimmed from the end of the bone. [1920-25] * * *
French colombard
colombard. * * *
French Communist Party
French branch of the international communist movement. It was founded in 1920 by the left wing of the French Socialist Party but did not gain significant influence until it ...
French Community
a cultural and economic association of France, its overseas departments and territories, and former French territories that chose to maintain association after becoming ...
French Confederation of Christian Workers
▪ French labour organization French  Confédération Française des Travailleurs Chrétiens (CFTC),        French labour-union federation that was founded in 1919 by ...
French Congo
former name of the People's Republic of the Congo. * * * ▪ historical region, Africa French  Congo Français,         French possessions in Equatorial Africa from ...
French cruller
cruller (def. 2). * * *
French cuff
a double cuff formed by folding back a wide band at the end of a sleeve, usually fastened by a cuff link. Cf. barrel cuff. [1915-20] * * *
French curve
a flat drafting instrument, usually consisting of a sheet of clear plastic, the edges of which are cut into several scroll-like curves enabling a draftsperson to draw lines of ...
French Democratic Confederation of Labour
▪ French labour organization French  Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT)        French trade union federation that evolved from the French ...
French dip
a hot sandwich of roast beef, pork, or lamb, served on a crusty roll over which seasoned pan juices are poured. Also called French-dip sandwich. * * *
French door
a door having glass panes throughout or nearly throughout its length. Also called casement door. [1920-25] * * *
French doors
French doors n. two adjoining doors that have glass panes from top to bottom and are hinged at opposite sides of a doorway so that they open in the middle * * *
French drain
a drainage trench filled to ground level with fragments of brick, rock, etc. [1770-80] * * *
French dressing
(often l.c.) 1. salad dressing prepared chiefly from oil, vinegar, and seasonings. 2. a creamy and often sweet dressing, usually orange in color. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
French East India Company
▪ French trading company byname of (1664–1719)  Compagnie Française des Indes Orientales (French: “French Company of the East Indies”) , or (1719–20)  Compagnie ...
French Elections
▪ 2003       France's 2002 presidential election campaign started in lacklustre fashion. The two presumed main rivals—Pres. Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel ...
French Elections of 2007
▪ 2008       The 2007 presidential election in France was never a foregone conclusion. Ségolène Royal, the Socialist contender, had the early advantage of being the ...
French endive
endive (def. 2). * * *
French Equatorial Africa
a former federation of French territories in central Africa, including Chad, Gabon, Middle Congo (now People's Republic of the Congo), and Ubangi-Shari (now Central African ...
French flat
Brit. Theat. a flat that can be raised to or hung from the flies, and that contains practicable doors, windows, etc. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
French foot
Furniture. 1. Also called knurl toe, scroll foot, whorl foot. a foot of the mid-18th century having the form of a scroll, continuing the leg downward and outward, supported by a ...
French fries
thin strips of potato that have been deep-fried. Also called French-fried potatoes. [1915-20] * * *
French fry
☆ French fry vt. [often f- f-] to fry in very hot deep fat until crisp * * *
French Guiana
—French Guianese, French Guianan. /gee an"euh, gee ah"neuh/ an overseas department of France, on the NE coast of South America: formerly a French colony. 49,200; 35,135 sq. mi. ...
French Guinea
former name of Guinea. * * *

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