1. the hypothetical fall of a body such that the only force acting upon it is that of gravity.
2. the part of a parachute jump that precedes the opening of the parachute.
3. a decline, esp. a sudden or rapid decline, as in value or prestige, that appears to be endless or bottomless: The economy was in a free fall all winter.Also,free-fall(for defs. 1, 2).
Pronunciation: (frē'fôl"),[key] —v.,-fell, -fall•en, -fall•ing, —adj., n.
—v.i. (of parachutists) to descend initially, as for a designated interval, in a free fall: The jumpers were required to free-fall for eight seconds.
—adj. denoting or suggesting a free fall: a free-fall recession.