gearshift

noun gear·shift \ ˈgir-ˌshift \
variants: or gear shift
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of gearshift

plural gearshifts or gear shifts
1 : a mechanism by which the transmission gears in a power-transmission system are engaged and disengaged; also : a lever for controlling such a mechanism
2 : the functioning of a gearshift mechanism : the act or an instance of shifting gears
  • A new, eight-speed automatic transmission makes gear shifts based in part on g-forces that the car encounters during spirited driving.
  • —Ann M. Job

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First Known Use of gearshift

1899

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GEARSHIFT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gearshift for English Language Learners

  • : a lever or other device that is moved to change gears in a car, on a bicycle, etc.


GEARSHIFT Defined for Kids

gearshift

noun gear·shift \ ˈgir-ˌshift \

Definition of gearshift for Students

: a mechanism by which gears are connected and disconnected


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