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freewheel

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noun free·wheel \ ˈfrē-ˈ(h)wēl \

Definition of freewheel

:a clutch fitted in the rear hub of a bicycle that permits the rear wheel to run on free from the rear sprocket when the pedals are stopped

First Known Use of freewheel

1899


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freewheel

verb

Definition of freewheel

intransitive verb
1 :to roll along freely independent of a gear
2 :to move, live, or play freely or irresponsibly

freewheeler

noun

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First Known Use of freewheel

1899


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