- (of a vehicle or its operator) to coast with the wheels disengaged from the driving mechanism.
- to move or function freely, independently, unconcernedly, or the like (often followed by about, through, around, etc.): The two friends freewheeled around the country after graduation.
Origin of freewheel
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- a ratchet device in the rear hub of a bicycle wheel that permits the wheel to rotate freely while the pedals are stationary
- a device in the transmission of some vehicles that automatically disengages the drive shaft when it rotates more rapidly than the engine shaft, so that the drive shaft can turn freely
- (intr) to coast in a vehicle or on a bicycle using the freewheel
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