Part of speech: noun

A heavy wheel whose weight resists sudden speed changes, thus securing uniform motion.

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Usage examples "flywheel":

  1. The flywheel has a shaft fitted with two gears, and is driven through idler gears from gears on the paddle- wheel shaft; it turns at about twice the speed of the paddle wheel. - "Fulton's "Steam Battery": Blockship and Catamaran", Howard I. Chapelle.
  2. This conflict of forces not only put an undue load on the motor causing a great loss of power, but it also created a tendency for the belt to work towards the outer edge of the flywheel. - "The 1893 Duryea Automobile In the Museum of History and Technology", Don H. Berkebile.
  3. Electric current was obtained from a dynamo bolted on to the step of a twenty- horse- power car, and driven by a belt from the flywheel of the engine. - "A Surgeon in Belgium", Henry Sessions Souttar.