gear·box | \ˈgir-ˌbäks \

Definition of gearbox 

Examples of gearbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The gear selector for the standard six-speed manual gearbox also is a mite too far back in the cabin, cricking elbows during shifts into the even-numbered ratios. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Dallara Stradale: A Racing Legend Hits the Road," 23 Mar. 2018 No manual gearbox offered for those who want a sportier driving experience. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Nissan Maxima ‘4-door Sports Car’ gets some upgrades for 2018, starts at $33,270 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Jan. 2018 Most hybrids use something like an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT), which essentially uses a motor instead of a gearbox. Robert Duffer,, "Kia Niro hybrid falters on transmission," 7 June 2017

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

11 Oct 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

See 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).


not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


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!