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Meaning of FREEWHEEL

Pronunciation:  'free'weel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  coast in a vehicle using the freewheel
  2. [v]  live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"

FREEWHEEL is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: drift
 See Also: coast, exist, live, subsist, survive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Free"wheel`\, v. i.
       (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.