overrunning clutch


Definition of overrunning clutch

1 : a clutch used in a starter that transmits cranking effort but overruns freely when the engine tries to drive the starter
2 : a special clutch used in several mechanisms that permits a rotating member to turn freely under some conditions but not under others

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“Overrunning clutch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrunning%20clutch. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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