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free water[′frē ′wȯd·ər]
The volume of water that is not contained in suspension in a vessel containing both water and a suspension of water and another liquid.
Water produced with oil from an oil well.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. See surface moisture.
2. Water that is free to move, under the influence of gravity, through a soil mass.
surface moisture, free water, surface water
Water retained on surfaces of aggregate particles and considered to be part of the mixing water in concrete, as distinguished from absorbed moisture within the permeable voids of the aggregate particles.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.