reverse gear


: a part (called a gear) that makes a motor move a vehicle in a backward direction
The tractor does not have a reverse gear.
Put the car in/into reverse gear.
sometimes used figuratively
The economy seems to be stuck in reverse gear.

Examples of reverse gear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The electric motor also serves as the V12’s starter, and provides the Revuelto’s reverse function, eliminating the need for a reverse gear in the transmission. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 3 Apr. 2023 Unlike the 8-speed gearbox as used in the SF90 Stradale, which has no mechanical reverse and uses the front electric motors for reversing, Roma Coupé and Spider both have a mechanical reverse gear. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023

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“Reverse gear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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