[ flahy-hweel, -weel ]
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  1. a heavy disk or wheel rotating on a shaft so that its momentum gives almost uniform rotational speed to the shaft and to all connected machinery.

Origin of flywheel

First recorded in 1775–85; fly2 + wheel

Words Nearby flywheel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for flywheel


/ (ˈflaɪˌwiːl) /

  1. a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engine by maintaining a constant speed of rotation over the whole cycle

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