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Definition of freewheel
verb [no object]
ride a bicycle with the pedals at rest, especially downhill:he had come freewheeling down the road
(usually as adjective freewheeling
) act without concern for rules, conventions, or the consequences of one’s actions:the freewheeling drug scene of the sixties
a device that allows a bicycle wheel to revolve forward while the crank is stationary. a device in a motor vehicle transmission allowing the drive shaft to spin faster than the engine.