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1. (of a country, etc.) autonomous or independent
2. (of jazz) totally improvised, with no preset melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic basis
3. Law of property
a. not subject to payment of rent or performance of services; freehold
b. not subject to any burden or charge, such as a mortgage or lien; unencumbered
4. Chem chemically uncombined
5. Logic denoting an occurrence of a variable not bound by a quantifier
6. Nautical (of the wind) blowing from the quarter
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So you see, as you have freed me to-day, choose in what way you will die."
The maid wept all night long, and said, 'I freed you in the wild wood out of the iron stove; I have sought you, and have crossed a glassy mountain, three sharp swords, and a great lake before I found you, and will you not hear me now?' The servants outside heard how she cried the whole night, and they told their master in the morning.
But the kitchen-maid wept the whole night long, and said, 'I have freed you in a wood and from an iron stove; I sought you and have crossed a glassy mountain, three sharp swords, and a great lake to find you, and now you will not hear me!' The servants outside heard how she cried the whole night, and in the morning they told their master.