reverse gear

noun

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

reverse play
  1. : opposite or contrary to a previous or normal condition

  2. : having the back presented to the observer or opponent

  3. : made with one's back to the basketball net

  1. : to turn completely about in position or direction

  2. : to turn upside down : invert

  3. : to cause to take an opposite point of view

  1. : something directly contrary to something else : opposite

  2. : an act or instance of reversing

  3. : the back part of something

gear play
  1. : clothing, garments

  2. : movable property : goods

  3. : equipment, paraphernalia

  1. : to provide (machinery) with gearing (see gearing 2)

  2. : to connect by gearing (see gearing 1)

  3. : to make ready for effective operation


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