Definition of free running in English:

free running


  • [mass noun] A version of parkour that typically places greater emphasis on acrobatic techniques and self-expression.

    • ‘The idea of exposing an urban sport like Free Running in the more magisterial buildings of London is a good one, but this documentary takes itself far too seriously.’
    • ‘Turkington also tells me that free running isn't simply about just jumping around.’
    • ‘The bride, an admin assistant, and groom, who has been practising free running, the acrobatic sport, for several years, returned home to Taunton on Tuesday after a seven-day honeymoon in Scotland.’
    • ‘Free running involves jumping or flipping over and around urban obstacles as smoothly and athletically as possible.’
    • ‘They are three Frenchmen who have been practising the "discipline" of free running for most of their lives.’
    • ‘Free running, also known as parkour, involves performing acrobatic stunts like flips and jumps while running over obstacles such as park benches, street lights and walls.’
    • ‘Have your say and watch clips of free running.’
    • ‘The idea of following three Frenchmen around London as they performed the art of Free Running inside and on top of some of the city's most prestigious landmarks had seemed ridiculous to most producers, and indeed, it could have been seen in the same light by Channel 4 viewers.’
    • ‘There are amazing things happening when you start to do free running - the effect is very much like the one attained from urban exploration.’
    • ‘Free Running, or Le Parkour, involves literally leaping from roof to roof in a death-defying, yet beautiful, series of jumps, slides and somersaults.’
    • ‘Foucan sees Free Running as more than a spectacle, it is a way of life, with a spiritual dimension plucked from popular culture and allowing an escape from everyday reality.’
    • ‘Although a sport, Free Running is renowned for its artistic movements and is non-competitive.’
    • ‘The resulting play - a tale of teenage friendship, dares, disputes and break-ups in a disused skate park - was inspired by the urban sport of free running (or le Parkour) and uses "multi-media, hip beats, cool moves and inspirational words to challenge young audiences".’
    • ‘"I know the youth of today are finding different things to exhilarate themselves and free running might be the latest craze, but it's dangerous, antisocial and causes criminal damage."’
    • ‘Now, the extreme sport of La Parkour is coming to London, as the three runners take on the Albert Hall, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the streets of Soho to name but a few of the central landmarks that are about to be hit by free running.’
    • ‘By the end of our meal, the owner of the restaurant was trying some free running outside in the street, and several passers-by (and the waiter) had asked for Seb's autograph and a few words of wisdom.’
    • ‘Also known as free running, parkour is basically (to quote the blurb) an urban extreme sport where a person completes a 'run', overcoming obstacles with a variety of moves including jumps, vaults, spins and wall runs.’