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Freeport

(Encyclopedia) Freeport, city (1990 pop. 25,115), Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. A popular resort area, it developed out of a 1955 agreement between the Bahamian colonial government and a private…

Freeport

(Encyclopedia) Freeport. 1 City (1990 pop. 25,840), seat of Stephenson co., NW Ill., on the Pecatonica River; inc. 1850. It is a trade and manufacturing center in a fertile farm and dairy region.…

free port

(Encyclopedia) free port, port, or section of a port, exempt from customs regulations (see tariff). Goods may be landed at a free port for storage and handling, and they may even be processed into…

Freer, Charles Lang

(Encyclopedia) Freer, Charles Lang frr, 1856–1919, American art collector, b. Kingston, N.Y. He gave to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., his entire collection and the building (…

free radical

(Encyclopedia) free radical, in chemistry, a molecule or atom that contains an unpaired electron but is neither positively nor negatively charged. Free radicals are usually highly reactive and…

freesia

(Encyclopedia) freesia: see iris.

free silver

(Encyclopedia) free silver, in U.S. history, term designating the political movement for the unlimited coinage of silver. Origins of the Movement Free silver became a popular issue soon after the…

Free-Soil party

(Encyclopedia) Free-Soil party, in U.S. history, political party that came into existence in 1847–48 chiefly because of rising opposition to the extension of slavery into any of the territories newly…

Free State

(Encyclopedia) Free State, formerly Orange Free State, province (2011 pop. 2,745,590), 50,126 sq mi (129,825 sq km), E central South Africa. It was renamed Free State shortly after the 1994 post-…

freethinkers

(Encyclopedia) freethinkers, those who arrive at conclusions, particularly in questions of religion, by employing the rules of reason while rejecting supernatural authority or ecclesiastical…