[flahy-hweel, -weel] /ˈflaɪˌʰwil, -ˌwil/

noun, Machinery.
a heavy disk or rotating on a shaft so that its momentum gives almost uniform rotational speed to the shaft and to all connected machinery.
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

1784, from fly (n.) “speed-regulating device” (from fly (v.1)) + wheel (n.).


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