gear·​box | \ˈgir-ˌbäks \

Definition of gearbox 

Examples of gearbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Behind the big pushrod V8 is a superb seven-speed manual gearbox, with a heavy clutch and a slick, notchless gate (an eight-speed automatic, pictured here, is also available). Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 The engine, gearbox and drivetrain are original, along with 95 percent of the bodywork. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "You know that red sports car you saw around Redmond? It sold for a record $48 million," 25 Oct. 2018 The throttle and gearbox are plenty alert and when commanded the six will quietly pull its heart out. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS: A Move Toward Electrification," 3 Aug. 2018 Like this engine, the nine-speed automatic gearbox that sends the power along to the four corners is a real smoothie. Al Haas,, "Redesigned after 10 years, new Buick Enclave is worth the wait," 28 June 2018 The Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Camaros start at $39,290 for the 2LT coupe with 2.0-liter four-cylinder and Tremec manual six-speed gearbox. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Big boys’ toys: Camaro special edition pays tribute to iconic Hot Wheels," 9 June 2018 The manual gearbox is sloppy, with long throws, while the CVT is lethargic, syrupy, and prone to making the engine drone under acceleration. Car and Driver, "2018 Nissan Versa," 29 Mar. 2018 The front wheels are driven by independent direct-drive gearboxes, while the rears employ two-speed boxes, required no doubt to achieve the Vmax that Rimac claims. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "With 1888 HP, the Rimac C_Two Puts Croatia on the Supercar Map," 7 Mar. 2018 Most of the other teams went with a pre-transmission layout, combining torque from the engine and electric motor before the gearbox. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "These clever students have turned the Camaro into a hybrid sports car," 25 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gearbox.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of gearbox

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gearbox

Statistics for gearbox

Last Updated

6 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gearbox

The first known use of gearbox was in 1887

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gearbox



English Language Learners Definition of gearbox

: a box in a car, truck, etc., that contains the gears

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on gearbox

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with gearbox

Spanish Central: Translation of gearbox

Nglish: Translation of gearbox for Spanish Speakers

Comments on gearbox

What made you want to look up gearbox? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!