Freewheel meaning

frē'wēl', -hwēl'
A power-transmission device that allows the drive shaft of a motor vehicle to continue turning when its speed is greater than that of the engine shaft.
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A clutch in the rear-wheel hub of a bicycle that permits the wheel to turn without pedal action, as in coasting.
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To continue turning or spinning after disengagement from the drive mechanism.
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To live or move freely and sometimes aimlessly or irresponsibly.
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To operate independently or free of restraints.
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A mechanism attached to the rear hub of a bicycle, that permits the wheel to go on turning when the cyclist stops pedaling.
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In some automobiles, helicopters, etc., a device that permits the speed of the drive shaft or rotor to exceed that of the engine shaft, thus producing greater speeds with no increase in power.
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A device in a transmission that disengages the driveshaft from the driven shaft when the driven shaft rotates faster than the driveshaft.
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(of a gear) To continue spinning after disengagement.
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(of a cyclist) To ride a bicycle without pedalling, e.g. downhill.
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(of a motorist) To operate a motor vehicle which is coasting without power, e.g. downhill.
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(by extension) To operate free from constraints.
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