gear·​shift | \ ˈgir-ˌshift How to pronounce gearshift (audio) \
variants: or gear shift
plural gearshifts or gear shifts

Definition of gearshift

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

Examples of gearshift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cleveland police and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Preston using DNA found on the gearshift, steering wheel and driver’s side door handle of the DeJesus’s car, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man convicted of murdering woman during carjacking outside church," 17 Jan. 2020 That's when the man's dog, Max, hit the gearshift and put the car into reverse, according to authorities in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Author: Hannah Knowles, Anchorage Daily News, "A dog drove doughnuts in a car for an hour. There’s video.," 23 Nov. 2019 All that as flourishes on a base model that includes a gearshift, detailed seats, a radio, and a working steering wheel, not to mention the V-8 engine, battery, and air filter under the hood. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "No Mustang in Your Driveway? Put One Made from Lego on Your Desk," 22 Feb. 2019 The Real Petrolheads of Dubai by Brooke Bobb Driving with Dubai’s all-female luxury car club, the Arabian Gazelles, sheds light on a new kind of ladies club, where power is in the eye—and gearshift—of the beholder. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Cole pointed to the tractor's other components, including its cultivator handles, clutch, gearshift and hydraulics. Mitchell Kirk, Post-Tribune, "Cass County man collects tractors from around the world," 6 July 2018 On the interior, the RS 5 Sportback has Audi’s typical wraparound dashboard and S sport seats, but with RS embossing and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport gearshift, and steel pedals. Hannah Elliott,, "Audi Adds to ‘Coupe’ Confusion With 2019 RS 5 Sportback," 27 Mar. 2018 Having a conventional transmission gives the Ioniq a more-conventional and sportier driving experience, particularly when the gearshift lever is pushed to the left to engage the Sport mode. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Hyundai’s 2018 Ioniq Hybrid has starting price of $22,200," 1 July 2018 Without the need for a gearshift lever or a clutch, the Kalk has hand controls only, with the rear brake on the left and the twist throttle and front brake on the right. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, "You're Going to Want the Cake Kalk E-Dirt Bike," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of gearshift

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gearshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gearshift

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


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Kids Definition of gearshift

: a mechanism by which gears are connected and disconnected

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