[ free-hweel, -weel ]
/ ˈfriˈʰwil, -ˈwil /
verb (used without object)
(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.
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British Dictionary definitions for freewheel
/ (ˌfriːˈwiːl) /
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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