Fly wheel


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fly wheel (Mach) a heavy wheel attached to machinery to equalize the movement (opposing any sudden acceleration by its inertia and any retardation by its momentum), and to accumulate or give out energy for a variable or intermitting resistance. See Fly n., 9.
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  • Francis Bacon
    “It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise!”


In literature:

The flames are not near the wheel yet, but the smoke is flying right over it in dense, black volumes.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
When flying, the larger ones wheel heavily round and round, somewhat in the manner of a pigeon, so that they may easily be mistaken for birds.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some horses were grazing a little distance away and stood at gaze, to break and wheel and gallop away with flying manes and tails.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Planes were already being wheeled out, pilots in flying suits and goggles were striding beside them.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The flying wheel of arms and legs slacked, ran a few times, then slowly stopped, and the Polydore quintette assumed normal positions.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
The fly-wheel was gone and the damage was done; but there was still, of course, the post mortem.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
The huge fly-wheel is twenty feet in diameter, and weighs, with its axle, thirty-five tons.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
The twinkling flies in will-o'-the-wisp dance wheel Through copse and open, all a gnomish green.
"Days and Dreams" by Madison J. Cawein
They burst apart, wheels and springs flying in all directions.
"Second Variety" by Philip Kindred Dick
Without him as the fly-wheel, the whole machinery of mischief would stand still.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

How long, dear Saviour, O! how long!
Shall this bright hour delay?
Fly-swift around ye wheels of time,
And bring the welcome day.
"Hymn 10" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
What of the silence of the keys
And silvery hands? The iron sings…
Though bows lie broken on the strings,
The fly-wheels turn eternally…
"Fuel" by Lola Ridge
She bends to touch the whirling wheel,
Or mend the thread that flies,
Then wakes from sweet day-dreams of home
    And seeks with eager eyes
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Each long cadence, flying like a dove from her shelter
Deep in the shadow, wheels for a throbbing moment,
Poises in utterance, returning in circles of silver
To nest in the silence.
"Night Hymns On Lake Nipigon" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Little footfalls, lightly glancing
In a luxury of motion,
Supple as the waves of ocean
In your elemental dancing,
How you fly, and wheel, and spin,
For your hearts too dance within.
"The Street-Children's Dance" by Mathilde Blind
'Mother, O mother, a pain at my heart,
A pang like the pang of dying.'
'Oh, hush thee, child, for the wild birds dart
Up and down, and close and part,
Wheeling round where the black cliffs start,
And the foam at their feet is flying.'
"The Feud" by Frederick George Scott

In news:

Like reaching the south pole or flying non-stop un-refueled around the world, a true run-flat tire seems an elusive last-great-goal to the world of wheeled transport.
There had been plenty of previous amphibians , but they were clumsy flying boats or pontoon seaplanes with retractable wheels attached to single or twin floats.
Chaz Davies flies up a short straight on the north side of 100 miles per hour before slamming on the brakes and dropping three gears in a cacophony of v-twin noise as he matches his engine's speed with that of the wheels.
The tail wheel on the Flying Heritage Collection's Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat.
The tail wheel on the Flying Heritage Collection's Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat .
When the bike is on the stand, the rider's pedal power turns a shaft that is connected by a rubber belt to the grain grinder 's fly wheel.
While many Bentley owners choose to roll in the back of their stately sedans, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed is a true driver's car best experienced from behind the wheel.
Vermont Festivals and Flying Under The Radar presents the Steel Wheels, an electrifying Americana band, with special guest Brian Webb, on Thursday, Nov 15, at 7:30 pm, at the Bellows Falls Opera House.
Hydroplane racing boats - some capable of more than 150 mph - will be flying, sometimes literally, up and down the Ohio River at Wheeling this Labor Day weekend, during the city's annual Vintage Raceboat Regatta.