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

Examples of gearchange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dunn pointed out a whole lot of stuff left over from before the truck was converted like cruise control buttons that don’t worry, gearchange buttons on the column that do nothing and the fact the truck’s onboard computer sometimes freaks out and doesn’t know what’s going on. Andy Kalmowitz / Jalopnik, Quartz, 11 June 2024 The putt-putt-putt exhaust sound at idle is too close to a Farmall's, and power flow tends toward an abrupt on/off, depending on accelerator position and the automatic's inclination toward gearchanges. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2023 When the gearbox's electronic brain anticipates a shift, gearchanges are delivered almost seamlessly—shifting up when accelerating or down when braking. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Aug. 2023 New shift logic is borrowed from the Daytona SP3, and gearchanges are accompanied by a snarling exhaust note with a lift-off overrun at higher RPM. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 29 June 2023 View Photos Powertrain responses in the gentler dynamic modes are a little slow—the transmission pauses before delivering kick-down gearchanges—but the gearbox then can be too eager in the Sport and Sport+ settings, with the latter seeming determined to stay in the lowest possible gear. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 Mar. 2023 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

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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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“Gearchange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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