Meaning of freewheel
Pronunciation: (frē'hwēl', -wēl'), [key]
- a device in the transmission of a motor vehicle that automatically disengages the drive shaft whenever it begins to turn more rapidly than the engine.
- a form of rear bicycle wheel that has a device freeing it from the driving mechanism, as when the pedals are stopped in coasting.
- (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 fol. by about, through, around, etc.): The two friends freewheeled around the country after graduation.
- freewheel (Thesaurus)