gear·​ing | \ ˈgir-iŋ How to pronounce gearing (audio) \

Definition of gearing

1 : the act or process of providing or fitting with gears
2 : the parts by which motion is transmitted from one portion of machinery to another especially : a train of gears

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Recent Examples on the Web Shorter gearing boosts the force available at the pavement in low gear by fifteen percent, which translates to a much more aggressive launch feel and quicker zero-to-60-mph times. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Lexus SC400 Rewrites the Sport Coupe Formula," 26 June 2020 After the writedowns, its gearing -- the ratio of debt to equity -- would increase to 48%, by far the highest in the industry, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Biraj Borkhataria. Laura Hurst,, "Pandemic Brings Pain and Opportunity for Fragile Oil Giants," 17 June 2020 Sure enough, the researchers found that companies with one or more women on the board delivered higher average returns on equity, lower gearing (that is, net debt to equity) and better average growth. Katherine W. Phillips, Scientific American, "How Diversity Makes Us Smarter," 1 Oct. 2014 That modest output doesn't make for much grunt on the highway, but the engine is surprisingly quiet and smooth and short gearing gives it adequate punch around town. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2020 Suzuki Jimny Is an Adorable and Tiny Off-Road Box that We Can't Buy," 26 May 2020 That power is dispatched to the front wheels through a helical limited-slip diff and a six-speed manual transmission, which has short gearing that prioritizes rapid acceleration. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The Revised 2020 Honda Civic Type R Is a Deliriously Terrific Escape for Driving Enthusiasts," 21 May 2020 Wind power is carbon-free and about 85% of turbine components, including steel, copper wire, electronics and gearing can be recycled or reused. Chris Martin, Fortune, "The latest landfill problem comes from the renewable energy industry," 5 Feb. 2020 Income from the divestments helped lower BP’s gearing—the ratio of net debt to the total of net debt and equity—to 35% including leases in the fourth quarter, from 36% in the third quarter. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "BP Raises Dividend, Boosts Divestment Targets," 4 Feb. 2020 Some of the improvement comes from lowered gearing for the seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "McLaren 765LT Makes More Than 750 HP, Weighs Less Than 3000 Pounds," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of gearing

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gearing was in 1833

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7 Jul 2020

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“Gearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gearing

technical : the parts that transfer motion from one part of a machine to another

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