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Definition of "freewheel" [free•wheel]

  • 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. (noun)
  • A clutch in the rear-wheel hub of a bicycle that permits the wheel to turn without pedal action, as in coasting. (noun)
  • To continue turning or spinning after disengagement from the drive mechanism. (verb-intransitive)
  • To live or move freely and sometimes aimlessly or irresponsibly. (verb-intransitive)
  • To operate independently or free of restraints. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "freewheel" in a sentence
  • "Yeah, concerts and movies could be fun and good, but to freewheel is totally another story."
  • "I suggest "freewheel" which will make a nice set. "freewheel" has too many letters, of course, but I think "freewhee" will do just fine."
  • "I think I know that BMW with the "freewheel" and in actuality, it's a coaster brake..."