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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Beyond the rhetoric, many in the immigrant rights community are taking Trump at his word and gearing up for whatever may come., "Trump’s deportation plan stirs fear and defiance — and hope for some supporters," 22 June 2019 Bike gearing is often measured in gear inches—a measurement that takes the gear ratio of the drive train and multiplies it by the diameter of the rear wheel. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Woman Breaks World Speed Record by Riding a Bicycle at 147 Mph," 13 Sep. 2016 The crank is affixed to an internal gearing system that controls the rotation of the front chain ring. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A Weekend With a $16,000 Mountain Bike," 8 Mar. 2017 Roswell fans a gearing up for the big premiere of Roswell, New Mexico and Jeanine Mason is the new star who is playing Liz, a young woman who ends moving back into her hometown after a big mystery keeps her from leaving. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "5 Things to Know About "Roswell, New Mexico" Star Jeanine Mason," 15 Jan. 2019 To make matters worse, the watch hands need to connect to the requisite gearing in the body of the watch, so there's also a sizable hole in the center of your tiny 1.2-inch display. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "LG’s Watch W7 looks like the dumbest smartwatch of the year," 4 Oct. 2018 The 12 mm thru-axels stabilize the wheels, the 11-speed XTR Di2 electric rear shifting gives you plenty of gearing, and the Magura MT8 hydraulic brakes will stop on a dime with a light finger pull. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A Weekend With a $16,000 Mountain Bike," 8 Mar. 2017 Gears The gearing of my bike hasn't changed much; there are just more of them. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 The company said that will allow the acquisition to fit within its current spending budget and targets for gearing. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "BP to Buy BHP Shale Assets for More Than $10 Billion," 27 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gearing

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

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