transitive verb un·gear \"+\

Definition of ungear

  1. 1 archaic :  to remove the harness from (a draft animal) :  unhitch ungeared the mules, and crawled under the wagon for shade — J. H. Beadle

  2. 2 :  to disconnect by or as if by throwing out of gear ungear the pinion of a machine jangle your nerves … ungear you for the life you might have selected — Isaiah Glenn

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Origin and Etymology of ungear

2un- + gear

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capable of being understood in two ways

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