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flywheel (ˈflaɪˌwiːl Pronunciation for flywheel



  1. 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

Example Sentences Including 'flywheel'

A flywheel that keeps an engine turning relies on its momentum to keep going.
New Scientist (1999)
He was looking at a water-pump with a heavy flywheel , apparently water-powered by gravity-feed.
Hilton, John Buxton Passion in the Peak
Our strategy is much like building a flywheel and the value comes as we gather momentum.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The attacking natives hit him and bounced off like drops of water from a whirling flywheel.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
The flywheel was obedient to the boiler pressures being stoked -- and so it must be with the living machinery.
Brian Thompson DEVASTATING EDEN: The Search for Utopia in America (2004)
With four valves a cylinder, electronic throttle, a lighter flywheel and stiffer driveshaft, the car is more responsive to driver input.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)
`Habit is the great flywheel that moves the world," said the philosopher William James.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)


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