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gear

noun \ ˈgir \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of gear

b : movable property : goods
2 : equipment, paraphernalia
  • fishing gear
3 a : the rigging of a ship or boat
b : the harness especially of horses
4 dialectal, chiefly British : absurd talk : nonsense
5 dialectal, chiefly British : doings
6 a (1) : a mechanism that performs a specific function in a complete machine
  • steering gear
(2) : a toothed wheel
(3) : working relation, position, order, or adjustment
  • got her career in gear
(4) : a level or pace of functioning
  • kicked their performance into high gear
b : one of two or more adjustments of a transmission (as of a bicycle or motor vehicle) that determine mechanical advantage, relative speed, and direction of travel

gearless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of gear in a Sentence

  1. I somehow managed to pack all my gear into one suitcase.

  2. soldiers in full combat gear

  3. a complicated arrangement of gears and shafts

  4. a car with four forward gears

  5. Halfway up the hill, my bike slipped out of gear.

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Origin and Etymology of gear

Middle English gere, from Old Norse gervi, gǫrvi; akin to Old English gearwe equipment, clothing, gearu ready — more at yare


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gear

verb

Definition of gear

transitive verb
1 a : to provide (machinery) with gearing (see gearing 2)
b : to connect by gearing (see gearing 1)
2 a : to make ready for effective operation
b : to adjust so as to match, blend with, or satisfy something
  • gearing wages to productivity
intransitive verb
1 a British, of machinery : to be in gear : mesh
b : shift 1c
  • gear down
2 : to become adjusted so as to match, blend, or harmonize
  • The industry is geared to meet growing consumer demand.

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Origin and Etymology of gear

derivative of 1gear



GEAR Defined for English Language Learners

gear

noun

Definition of gear for English Language Learners

  • : supplies, tools, or clothes needed for a special purpose

  • : a toothed wheel in a machine

  • : a part that connects the engine of a vehicle or the pedals of a bicycle to the wheels and controls the speed at which the wheels turn


gear

verb

Definition of gear for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) suitable for a particular use or type of person


GEAR Defined for Kids

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gear

noun \ ˈgir \

Definition of gear for Students

1 : equipment
  • camping gear
2 : a group of parts that has a specific function in a machine
  • steering gear
3 : a toothed wheel : cogwheel
4 : the position the gears of a machine are in when they are ready to work
  • in gear
5 : one of the adjustments in a motor vehicle that determine the direction of travel and the relative speed between the engine and the motion of the vehicle
  • reverse gear
6 : working order or condition
  • He got his career in gear.

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gear

verb

Definition of gear for Students

geared; gearing
1 : to make ready for operation
  • We need to gear up for production.
2 : to be or make suitable
  • The book is geared to children.


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