gearshift

play
noun gear·shift \ ˈgir-ˌshift \

Definition of gearshift

:a mechanism by which the transmission gears in a power-transmission system are engaged and disengaged; also :a lever for controlling such a mechanism

Recent Examples of gearshift from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gearshift.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of gearshift

circa 1924


GEARSHIFT Defined for English Language Learners

gearshift

play
noun

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

play
noun gear·shift \ ˈgir-ˌshift \

Definition of gearshift for Students

:a mechanism by which gears are connected and disconnected


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gearshift? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

all at once

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!