free form


free form
noun
a morpheme that can occur alone
Syn: ↑free morpheme
Hypernyms: ↑morpheme

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noun
: an asymmetrical biomorphic and usually nonrectilinear shape used in works of art or of design especially of the 20th century and found typically in the works of the 20th century painters Hans Arp and Joan Miró

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1. a shape having an irregular contour, chiefly used in nonrepresentational art and industrial design.
2. Ling. a linguistic form that can occur by itself, as fire, book, or run. Cf. bound form.
[1945-50]

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free form,
1. a linguistic form which occurs alone or independently, as distinguished from a bound form. Examples: cold, street, eaten.
2. a form not having a conventional or prescribed structure or shape, such as one in music, art, or design: »

a free form that predates the Mozart fantasias (New York Times).

free´-form´, adjective.

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ˈfree form 7 [free form] (also ˌfree ˈmorpheme) noun (linguistics)
a unit of language that can be used by itself

The plural ‘s’ is not a free form, as it must always be attached to a noun.

See also:free morpheme

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • free-form — I. ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a free form a free form contour free form art a free form coffee table a free form swimming pool II. adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • free-form — adj. /free fawrm /; adv. /free fawrm /, adj. 1. characterized by free form: free form sculpture. 2. not organized or planned in a conventional way: a free form international conglomerate. 3. encouraged to function or evolve without advance… …   Universalium

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  • free-form — adjective Date: 1950 1. having or being an irregular or asymmetrical shape or design < free form furniture > 2. free 12b < free form dancing > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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