flywheel

[ flahy-hweel, -weel ]
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nounMachinery.
  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

1
First recorded in 1775–85; fly2 + wheel

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flywheel

/ (ˈflaɪˌwiːl) /


noun
  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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