Definition of freewheel in English:

freewheel

Syllabification: free·wheel
Pronunciation: /ˈfrē(h)wēl
 
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verb

[no object]
1Ride a bicycle with the pedals at rest, especially downhill: he had come freewheeling down the road
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  • We swept through the town of Grindelwald and freewheeled along the bank of the Lutschine river.
  • As I freewheeled and carefully negotiated the ruts, I enjoyed views of Wetwang, partially hidden in trees, and surrounded by all that cultivated land Sir Tatton was describing.
  • We rode through a stream, enjoyed a few final bursts of speed and skidding switchbacks and freewheeled into the shanty town of Yolosa.
1.1 (usually as adjective freewheeling) Act without concern for rules, conventions, or the consequences of one’s actions: the freewheeling drug scene of the sixties
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  • I would like for our society to retain its skepticism of power and its freewheeling entrepreneurialism.
  • They also maintain that the company's freewheeling engineering culture is not a liability but an asset.
  • Its freewheeling local agents are periodically accused - and sometimes even convicted - of drug trafficking and murder.

noun

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1A device that allows a bicycle wheel to revolve forward while the crank is stationary.
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  • Both the Combi and Classic have the clutch wheel mounted in front and the free wheel in the rear.
  • Track bikes have no breaks, only one gear and there is no free wheel, which means there is no coasting.
  • It had wooden rims and no free wheel, but I thought it was a wonderful possession.
1.1A device in a motor vehicle transmission allowing the drive shaft to spin faster than the engine.
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  • He showed us how surprisingly easy it is to open the freewheel and service the bearings or pawls, although I doubt the sealed mechanism requires much maintenance.
  • You will have to build another rim onto that hub so that you can twist the hub hard enough to unscrew the freewheel.
  • I've been doing my own work for 20 years, but I can't figure out how to get any lube into the freewheel, much less how to actually open it up.

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