Free-swimming
Free-swimming Free"-swim`ming, a. (Zo["o]l.) 1. Swimming in the open sea; -- said of certain marine animals. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zoology) able to swim about; not attached to a stationary object; -- of aquatic animals. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: unattached. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • free-swimming — [frē′swim΄iŋ] adj. capable of swimming about freely, as certain protozoans …   English World dictionary

  • free-swimming — free swim·ming .swim iŋ adj able to swim about: not attached <a free swimming larva of a trematode> …   Medical dictionary

  • free-swimming — adjective Date: 1869 able to swim about ; not attached < the free swimming larva of the barnacle > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • free-swimming — /free swim ing/, adj. Zool. (of aquatic organisms) not attached to a base nor joined in a colony; capable of swimming about freely. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • free-swimming — free′ swim′ming adj. zool. (of aquatic organisms) not attached to a base or joined in a colony; capable of swimming about freely • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • free-swimming — Swimming about; not sessile …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • free-swimming — /ˈfri swɪmɪŋ/ (say free swiming) adjective (of aquatic animals) not fixed or attached; capable of swimming about freely …   Australian English dictionary

  • free-swimming — moving freely in the water. Applied to fish that hatch in gravel and develop there initially …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • free-swimming — adjective (of animals) able to swim about; not attached (Freq. 3) • Syn: ↑unattached • Similar to: ↑vagile • Topics: ↑animal, ↑animate being, ↑beast, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • free-swim|mer — «FREE SWIHM uhr», noun. a free swimming animal …   Useful english dictionary

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