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freewheel definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a clutch (as on the rear wheel of a bicycle) that allows wheels to turn freely (as in coasting) v
1: live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school" [syn: freewheel, drift]
2: coast in a vehicle using the freewheel

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1930 a clutch fitted in the rear hub of a bicycle that permits the rear wheel to run on free from the rear sprocket when the pedals are stopped II. intransitive verb Date: 1903 1. to roll along freely independent of a gear 2. to move, live, or play freely or irresponsibly freewheeler noun

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Freewheel Free"wheel`, v. i. 1. (a) Of a freewheel cycle, to run on while the pedals are held still. (b) Of a person, to ride a cycle of this manner. To ride a freewheel cycle. 2. (Mach.) To operate like a freewheel, so that one part moves freely over another which normally moves with it; -- said of a clutch.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Freewheel Free"wheel`, n. (Mach.) A clutch fitted in the rear hub of a cycle, which engages the rear sprocket with the rear wheel when the pedals are rotated forwards, but permits the rear wheel to run on free from the rear sprocket when the pedals are stopped or rotated backwards. Freewheelcycles are usually fitted with hub brakes or rim brakes, operated by back pedaling.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

also free-wheel(freewheels, freewheeling, freewheeled) If you freewheel, you travel, usually downhill, on a bicycle without using the pedals, or in a vehicle without using the engine. He freewheeled back down the course. VERB: V adv/prep, also V



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