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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Freewheel  \Free"wheel`\,  v.  i. 
  1. 
  a  Of  a  freewheel  cycle,  to  run  on  while  the  pedals  are 
  held  still 
  b  Of  a  person,  to  ride  a  cycle  of  this  manner.  To  ride  a 
  freewheel  cycle. 
 
  2.  (Mach.)  To  operate  like  a  freewheel,  so  that  one  part 
  moves  freely  over  another  which  normally  moves  with  it  -- 
  said  of  a  clutch. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Freewheel  \Free"wheel`\,  n.  (Mach.) 
  A  clutch  fitted  in  the  rear  hub  of  a  cycle,  which  engages  the 
  rear  sprocket  with  the  rear  wheel  when  the  pedals  are  rotated 
  forwards,  but  permits  the  rear  wheel  to  run  on  free  from  the 
  rear  sprocket  when  the  pedals  are  stopped  or  rotated 
  backwards.  Freewheelcycles  are  usually  fitted  with  hub  brakes 
  or  rim  brakes,  operated  by  back  pedaling. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  freewheel 
  v  1:  live  irresponsibly  or  freely  [syn:  {drift}] 
  2:  coast  in  a  vehicle  using  the  freewheel 




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