free fall n.
a condition of weightlessness
In technical use denoting the motion of an object under the unconstrained influence of a gravitational field (1851 in OED).
Since they were to use the space control, though, they would be subject to infinite acceleration, it would be a free fall, and Fuller would remain helplessly weightless.
Islands of Space in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 167/1
While cruising in free fall according to plan, the ship was breached by a small meteorite.
Farmer in Sky (1975) viii. 83
The ship will be in free fall for thirty seconds.
Starman Jones (1975) xiii. 143
Instead of rising, the elevator sank. Decks flashed by to a whining sound. ‘Free fall!’ Kirk yelled.
Star Trek 8 138
Those moments of free fall before the cable catches you for the real trip to space are nerve-racking.
High Wire Act in Omni July 45
She kissed his cheek, wobbling in freefall.
Red Star, Winter Orbit in B. Sterling Mirrorshades (1986) 204
Molly and a skinny Zionite called Aerol helped Case negotiate a freefall corridor into the core of a smaller torus.
Neuromancer (1989) .viii. 103
Their commander swam in free-fall among them.
Gordon had been born in free fall and thrust was new to him.
Fallen Angels 9
Dad cut the jet, and they were in free fall again.
Fire upon Deep i. 9
‘Kyly is a turd!’ Rol Addle shouted, pushing himself into the cabin. In spite of freefall, in spite of his obvious youth and strength, he was struggling, panting.
So now he was enduring the physical and unfortunately biological discomforts of prolonged freefall once again.
Pandora's Star xx. 639
J. W. Campbell, Jr.
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