gear·​head | \ˈgir-ˌhed \

Definition of gearhead 

: a person who pursues mechanical or technological interests (as in automobiles or computers)

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For those gearheads and others familiar with the race — and even for those who know it only in name or through a television screen — the racetrack might seem an unlikely place for photovoltaic panels. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Watch out, gearheads, solar power could be coming to the Speedway at Indianapolis 500," 18 May 2018 For aviation gearheads, the project itself is fascinating. Sam Eifling, Popular Mechanics, "This Deliberate Plane Crash Can Teach You How to Ride One Out," 21 Apr. 2016 As an alternative, interested US gearheads can instead get something just as rad while avoiding those issues: a Hilux Surf. Devin Holody, Ars Technica, "A beginner’s guide to the world of weird and wonderful Japanese import cars," 26 Apr. 2018 Reprisal is described as a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hulu Orders Revenge Drama Pilot 'Reprisal' From 'Handmaid's Tale' Producer," 18 June 2018 Autobahn offers gearheads in Chicago an escape from the mundane city streets, and the opportunity to push their cars to the limits in a safe and friendly setting. Michael Whiteley,, "In the name of speed: Autobahn Country Club lets Chicagoans be hooligans," 20 July 2017 Born into a Navy family, Mitchell, 60, said his father was a gearhead who would constantly upgrade his home stereo system. Eric Althoff,, "Broadway singer-actor Brian Stokes Mitchell to perform at Irvine Barclay," 12 Apr. 2018 Greg contributed a gearhead gene, too, with a career running machinery maintenance in an electronics factory. Author: Charles Wohlforth | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "How Girdwood twins built a life around skiing and beer," 18 Mar. 2018 The rumble of vintage engines mingles with the roar of airplanes taking off from PHL, providing a wonderful of afternoon for gearheads. Michael Milne,, "Field-Tested Travel Tip: The World Class Auto Museum in Philly's Driveway," 26 Jan. 2018

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gearhead

: a person who is very interested in mechanical or technical things (such as cars or computers)

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