gear·​shift ˈgir-ˌshift How to pronounce gearshift (audio)
variants or gear shift
plural gearshifts or gear shifts
: a mechanism by which the transmission gears in a power-transmission system are engaged and disengaged
also : a lever for controlling such a mechanism
: 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

Examples of gearshift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the smoothness gained off the line is traded for a mixed bag of sometimes-abrupt gearshifts, especially when the drive mode is in more aggressive settings. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2023 This Lego set also comes with Grogu’s favorite toy, the gearshift knob from the Razor Crest spaceship, which can be attached to his hand. Containing 1,073 pieces, the set is recommended for ages 8 and up. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 2 Sep. 2023 Unlike the visceral pleasures of accelerating a gas-burning sports car forward—the mellifluous exhaust note, the undulating dips in G forces between gearshifts, the sine-wave nature of it all—this single-speed drivetrain is brutally efficient at relentlessly linear forward motion. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2023 The set also comes with a gearshift knob from the Razor Crest spaceship, which can be placed in Grogu's hand. Sarah Toscano and Jennifer Maldonado,, 22 June 2023 The indifference to precision can be neatly summed up by the slightly crooked angle of the limited-series metal plate below the gearshift. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2023 Press the lower-right button on the steering wheel, and the Ioniq 5 N will add simulated gearshifts, interrupting torque delivery with a pull of either shift paddle to better mimic an internal-combustion car. Andrew Krok, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2023 The steering wheel is also new and the gearshift is relocated to the steering column to free up space in the center console. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 26 Mar. 2023 June bought the first thing that caught her eye, an orange Camaro with flames on the driver’s side and fat tires in the back and windows with blue-silver tint on them that was peeling at the edges and a black leather gearshift worn smooth and gray and frayed at the stitched seams. Sterling Holywhitemountain, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gearshift was in 1899

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“Gearshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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gear·​shift ˈgi(ə)r-ˌshift How to pronounce gearshift (audio)
: a mechanism by which transmission gears are connected and disconnected

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