What does freewheel mean?

Definitions for freewheel
ˈfriˈʰwil, -ˈwilfree·wheel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word freewheel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. freewheel(verb)

    a clutch (as on the rear wheel of a bicycle) that allows wheels to turn freely (as in coasting)

  2. freewheel, drift(verb)

    live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

    "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"

  3. freewheel(verb)

    coast in a vehicle using the freewheel


  1. freewheel(Noun)

    a device in a transmission that disengages the driveshaft from the driven shaft when the driven shaft rotates faster than the driveshaft.

  2. freewheel(Verb)

    To continue spinning after disengagement.

  3. freewheel(Verb)

    To ride a bicycle without pedalling, e.g. downhill.

  4. freewheel(Verb)

    To operate a motor vehicle which is coasting without power, e.g. downhill.

  5. freewheel(Verb)

    To operate free from constraints.


  1. Freewheel

    In mechanical or automotive engineering, a freewheel or overrunning clutch is a device in a transmission that disengages the driveshaft from the driven shaft when the driven shaft rotates faster than the driveshaft. An overdrive is sometimes mistakenly called a freewheel, but is otherwise unrelated. The condition of a driven shaft spinning faster than its driveshaft exists in most bicycles when the rider holds his or her feet still, no longer pushing the pedals. In a fixed-gear bicycle, without a freewheel, the rear wheel would drive the pedals around. An analogous condition exists in an automobile with a manual transmission going down hill or any situation where the driver takes his foot off the gas pedal, closing the throttle; the wheels want to drive the engine, possibly at a higher RPM. In a two-stroke engine this can be a catastrophic situation: as many two stroke engines depend on a fuel/oil mixture for lubrication, a shortage of fuel to the engine would result in a shortage of oil in the cylinders, and the pistons would seize after a very short time causing extensive engine damage. Saab used a freewheel system in their two-stroke models for this reason and maintained it in the Saab 96 V4 and early Saab 99 for better fuel efficiency.


  1. FreeWheel

    FreeWheel manages the economics of content for the enterprise-class world of entertainment, offering technical infrastructure for revenue rights management and business operations, wrapped in advisory services. Founded and led by a team of executives from the world's leading technology companies, FreeWheel's solutions have already armed companies like ABC, AOL, DIRECTV, ESPN, NBC Universal, Sky, Turner, and Viacom with the technology and services they need to profitably scale their professional content across devices and revenue models.

How to pronounce freewheel?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say freewheel in sign language?

  1. freewheel


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of freewheel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of freewheel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Images & Illustrations of freewheel

  1. freewheelfreewheelfreewheelfreewheelfreewheel

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for freewheel

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • FreilaufGerman
  • vapaaratasFinnish
  • муфта свободного хода, обгонная муфтаRussian

Get even more translations for freewheel »


Find a translation for the freewheel definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these freewheel definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "freewheel." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 30 Sep. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/freewheel>.

    Are we missing a good definition for freewheel? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for freewheel:

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.