gear·​change ˈgir-ˌchānj How to pronounce gearchange (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The gearchange has a solid weight and smooth action. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 May 2021 An eight-speed automatic transmission handles gearchanges, and all-wheel drive is standard with this engine. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 13 Feb. 2020 And credit to whoever specified the thick metal gearchange paddles and their satisfyingly heavy action. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2020 Instead, Eco acts as the default, with relaxed throttle responses and smooth gearchanges. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2018 The standard short shifter ripped off gearchanges with military precision and satisfying snap while freeing up tiny increments of time to return both hands to the wheel. Josh Jacquot, Car and Driver, 20 Dec. 2017 Compared with a dual-clutch ’box, this torque-converter unit’s gearchanges are slower; yet this is not to say it’s slow by any means. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 12 Sep. 2017 Transmission shift quality—even with the newer six-speed—can be inconsistent, mixing abrupt gearchanges with stretchy ones. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2017 The only demerit is that there occasionally are abrupt gearchanges. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, 6 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gearchange was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Gearchange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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