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.
While cruising in free fall according to plan, the ship was breached by a small meteorite.
The ship will be in free fall for thirty seconds.
Instead of rising, the elevator sank. Decks flashed by to a whining sound. ‘Free fall!’ Kirk yelled.
Those moments of free fall before the cable catches you for the real trip to space are nerve-racking.
She kissed his cheek, wobbling in freefall.
Molly and a skinny Zionite called Aerol helped Case negotiate a freefall corridor into the core of a smaller torus.
Their commander swam in free-fall among them.
Gordon had been born in free fall and thrust was new to him.
Dad cut the jet, and they were in free fall again.
‘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.
J. W. Campbell, Jr.
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