transitive verb

archaic : to remove the harness from (a draft animal) : unhitch
ungeared the mules, and crawled under the wagon for shadeJ. H. Beadle
: 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 selectedIsaiah Glenn

Word History


un- entry 2 + gear

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“Ungear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungear. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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