Meaning of OVERRUNNING CLUTCH in English

OVERRUNNING CLUTCH

noun

1. : a clutch used in a starter that transmits cranking effort but overruns freely when the engine tries to drive the starter

2. : a special clutch used in several mechanisms that permits a rotating member to turn freely under some conditions but not under others

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