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fly·wheel

 (flī′wēl′, -hwēl′)
n.
1. A heavy-rimmed rotating wheel used to minimize variations in angular velocity and revolutions per minute, as in a machine subject to fluctuation in drive and load.
2. An analogous device, especially one used to regulate the speed of clockwork.

flywheel

(ˈflaɪˌwiːl)
n
(Mechanical Engineering) a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engine by maintaining a constant speed of rotation over the whole cycle

fly•wheel

(ˈflaɪˌʰwil, -ˌwil)

n.
a heavy disk or wheel rotating on a shaft so that its momentum gives almost uniform rotational speed to the shaft and to all connected machinery.
[1775–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flywheel - regulator consisting of a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engineflywheel - regulator consisting of a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engine
fluid flywheel - a kind of fluid coupling in which the flywheel is the driving rotor
governor, regulator - a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
Translations

flywheel

[ˈflaɪwiːl] N (Tech) → volante m

flywheel

[ˈflaɪˌwiːl] n (Tech) → volano
References in classic literature ?
As if they had been in the grip of a fly-wheel, they were jerked suddenly from their prey.
It is still possible to believe that the attorney was not more guilty toward him than an ingenious machine, which performs its work with much regularity, is guilty toward the rash man who, venturing too near it, is caught up by some fly-wheel or other, and suddenly converted into unexpected mince-meat.
The brochure points out that this state-of-the-art safety device provides infinite positioning of the fly-wheel during routine maintenance checks such as setting piston-end clearances, positioning sensors, or fur any function when the mechanic has to be inside the crankcase.
The new franchise will also see the first commercial operation of the Parry People Mover, a vehicle powered through a fly-wheel.
The trencher utilizes the patented fly-wheel trencher drive system that de livers power in tough conditions and a heavy-duty unitized chassis mainframe designed to absorb shock loads resulting from torsional twisting inherent in off-set trenching and plowing applications.