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Free \Free\ (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. Freer (-[~e]r); superl. Freest (-[e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre['o], fr[=i]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr. pr[=i] to love, Goth. frij[=o]n. Cf. Affray, Belfry, Friday, Friend, Frith inclosure.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.

  4. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.

    Set an unhappy prisoner free.

  5. 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.

  6. Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.

    My hands are guilty, but my heart is free.

  7. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.

    He was free only with a few.

  8. 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.

  9. Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money.

  10. 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.
    --Bp. Burnet.

  11. Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.

  12. Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse.

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.

  16. 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.

  17. (O. Eng. Law) Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage.

  18. (Law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren.

  19. Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells. Free agency, the capacity or power of choosing or acting freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will. Free bench (Eng. Law), a widow's right in the copyhold lands of her husband, corresponding to dower in freeholds. Free board (Naut.), a vessel's side between water line and gunwale. Free bond (Chem.), an unsaturated or unemployed unit, or bond, of affinity or valence, of an atom or radical. Free-borough men (O.Eng. Law). See Friborg. Free chapel (Eccles.), a chapel not subject to the jurisdiction of the ordinary, having been founded by the king or by a subject specially authorized. [Eng.] --Bouvier. Free charge (Elec.), a charge of electricity in the free or statical condition; free electricity. Free church.

    1. A church whose sittings are for all and without charge.

    2. An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the government in spiritual matters. Free city, or Free town, a city or town independent in its government and franchises, as formerly those of the Hanseatic league. Free cost, freedom from charges or expenses. --South. Free and easy, unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities. [Colloq.] ``Sal and her free and easy ways.'' --W. Black. Free goods, goods admitted into a country free of duty. Free labor, the labor of freemen, as distinguished from that of slaves. Free port. (Com.)

      1. A port where goods may be received and shipped free of custom duty.

      2. A port where goods of all kinds are received from ships of all nations at equal rates of duty. Free public house, in England, a tavern not belonging to a brewer, so that the landlord is free to brew his own beer or purchase where he chooses. --Simmonds. Free school.

        1. A school to which pupils are admitted without discrimination and on an equal footing.

        2. A school supported by general taxation, by endowmants, etc., where pupils pay nothing for tuition; a public school.

          Free services (O.Eng. Law), such feudal services as were not unbecoming the character of a soldier or a freemen to perform; as, to serve under his lord in war, to pay a sum of money, etc.

          Free ships, ships of neutral nations, which in time of war are free from capture even though carrying enemy's goods.

          Free socage (O.Eng. Law), a feudal tenure held by certain services which, though honorable, were not military.

          Free States, those of the United States before the Civil War, in which slavery had ceased to exist, or had never existed.

          Free stuff (Carp.), timber free from knots; clear stuff.

          Free thought, that which is thought independently of the authority of others.

          Free trade, commerce unrestricted by duties or tariff regulations.

          Free trader, one who believes in free trade.

          To make free with, to take liberties with; to help one's self to. [Colloq.]

          To sail free (Naut.), to sail with the yards not braced in as sharp as when sailing closehauled, or close to the wind.


Freer \Fre"er\, n. One who frees, or sets free.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"one who sets free," c.1600, from free + -er (1). An Old English word for this was freogend.


comparative of free (adj.). See -er (2).


a. (en-comparative of: free) n. One who frees.

  1. adj. 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" [ant: unfree]

  2. unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion; "free expansion"; "free oxygen"; "a free electron" [ant: bound]

  3. costing nothing; "complimentary tickets" [syn: complimentary, costless, gratis(p), gratuitous]

  4. not occupied or in use; "a free locker"; "a free lane"

  5. not fixed in position; "the detached shutter fell on him"; "he pulled his arm free and ran" [syn: detached]

  6. not held in servitude; "after the Civil War he was a free man" [ant: slave(a)]

  7. not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands" [syn: spare]

  8. not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem" [syn: loose, liberal]

  9. [also: freest, freer]

  1. adv. without restraint; "cows in India are running loose" [syn: loose]

  2. [also: freest, freer]

  1. n. people who are free; "the home of the free and the brave" [syn: free people]

  2. [also: freest, freer]

  1. v. grant freedom to; free from confinement [syn: liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose] [ant: confine]

  2. relieve from; "Rid the the house of pests" [syn: rid, disembarrass]

  3. 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" [syn: dislodge] [ant: lodge]

  4. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam" [syn: exempt, relieve] [ant: enforce]

  5. make (information) available publication; "release the list with the names of the prisoners" [syn: release]

  6. free from obligations or duties [syn: discharge]

  7. free or remove obstruction from; "free a path across the cluttered floor" [syn: disengage] [ant: obstruct]

  8. let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility" [syn: absolve, justify] [ant: blame]

  9. part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne" [syn: release, relinquish, resign, give up]

  10. make (assets) available; "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account" [syn: unblock, unfreeze, release] [ant: freeze, freeze]

  11. [also: freest, freer]


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Freer, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
Population (2000): 3241
Housing Units (2000): 1334
Land area (2000): 4.029495 sq. miles (10.436343 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.036720 sq. miles (0.095105 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.066215 sq. miles (10.531448 sq. km)
FIPS code: 27432
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 27.879156 N, 98.616237 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 78357
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Freer, TX

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Usage examples of "freer".

And when they found him Alveric asked the Freer to wed them with Christom rites.

And when the Freer saw the beauty of Lirazel flash mid the common things in his little holy place, for he had ornamented the walls of his house with knick-knacks that he sometimes bought at the fairs, he feared at once she was of no mortal line.

And the Freer came forth and, standing amongst his holy things, he gave to the boy before him the name of Orion, though he sooner had given some name of those that he knew to be blessed.

And one day Alveric bade her worship the holy things of the Freer, and she had quite forgotten how.

And they parted late, praising magic in no loud tones, and went secretly back to their houses, for they feared the curse that the Freer had called down upon unicorns, and knew not if their own names might become involved in one of the curses called upon magical things.

And all were wearing the clothes they were wont to wear when they went with the rest to the holy place of the Freer, though there was scarcely a soul he had ever cursed that was not blessed by her.

But as the good Freer spoke they backed away from his curses, floating further off as though a light wind blew them, and danced again after drifting a little way.

And some of them hurried off to the house of the Freer and took refuge with him amongst his holy things from all the unhallowed shapes that there were in their streets and all the magic that tingled and loomed in the air.

Kahn and Freer refused to show and Schacht finally beat her but doffed his cap.

Lyle and Rader, wincing whenever Kornspan and Freer roar at each other.

I said what, I was supposed to have lost even more quickly to Freer, so I could have come around HmH in time to stop Himself?

Gothic-fonted leaflet offering the kingdom of prehistoric England to the man who could pull Keith Freer out of Bernadette Longley.

The then-skinny Eliot Kornspan, before Loach and Freer got hold of him.

Todd Possalthwaite, hunched and weeping, and Keith Freer, whom Pemulis was to play and who looked in no hurry to get dressed and out there to play, and could very possibly have been the thing that was making Postal Weight weep.

Pledge, Freer being a profligate Pledge-user because he is complexion-obsessed and has the sort of Nordicular skin that peels instead of tanning.