- a part, as a disk, wheel, or section of a shaft, having cut teeth of such form, size, and spacing that they mesh with teeth in another part to transmit or receive force and motion.
- an assembly of such parts.
- one of several possible arrangements of such parts in a mechanism, as an automobile transmission, for affording different relations of torque and speed between the driving and the driven machinery, or for permitting the driven machinery to run in either direction: first gear; reverse gear.
- a mechanism or group of parts performing one function or serving one purpose in a complex machine: steering gear.
- the lines, tackles, etc., of a particular sail or spar.
- the personal tools, clothing, and other possessions of a sailor.
- Automotive. to shift the transmission of a vehicle to a lower gear: The truck driver geared down at the top of the hill.
- to reduce in scope or intensity: With less income you'll have to gear down your spending habits.
- to make or get ready for a future event or situation: Insiders say the senator is gearing up to run for governor.
- to get or put on equipment or clothing for a particular purpose: The hikers geared up for the long trek down the mountain.
- to arouse or excite, as with enthusiasm or expectation: The employees were geared up for a hard battle with management over working hours.
Idioms about gear
- Machinery. in the state in which gears are connected or meshed: The car is in gear.
- in proper or active working order; functioning continuously without trouble: Every department in this company must be in gear at all times.
Origin of gear
OTHER WORDS FROM geargearless, adjectivere·gear, verbun·geared, adjectivewell-geared, adjective
Words nearby gear
How to use gear in a sentence
The videos are part of the new Outspoken project — a new media platform Log Cabin is gearing up to launch the same week as the Republican National Convention takes place.Log Cabin’s new project seeks to duplicate success of Grenell video|Chris Johnson|August 26, 2020|Washington Blade
As with any new piece of gear, get familiar with your lights before taking them out on the road.
Health care professionals who don’t have the protective gear they need.Sen. Baldwin draws on inequities in health care, wealth in convention speech|Chris Johnson|August 21, 2020|Washington Blade
Huawei widened its lead as the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications gear and overtook Samsung and Apple to become the world’s No.Huawei said the U.S. couldn’t ‘crush’ it. Trump is starving it instead|claychandler|August 20, 2020|Fortune
At the start of the pandemic, more than 800 distillers quickly switched gears and jumped into action to make hand sanitizer for their local first responders and communities.Craft distillers have lost out on more than $700 million in sales because of the pandemic|Rachel King|August 20, 2020|Fortune
And so, he says he left prison without proper ID, just his release papers and the “dress-out gear” he was given by the state.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We, on the other hand, on the police side, will naturally gear up to deal with any potential contingency that might occur.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?|Jacob Siegel|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The best thing about winter is seeing all the cute kids bundled up in their cold-weather gear.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These self-dubbed gear heads go toe to toe (or perhaps more accurately, crash to crash), with the men in the sport.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Photos he would share on Facebook this year show Hauchard in Raqqa, wearing combat gear and wielding a variety of heavy weapons.Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach|Tracy McNicoll|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The controlling leaders being out of gear the machine did not run smoothly: there was nothing but friction and tension.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
A piece of iron sticking out from the cross-head carried the plug-rod for working the gear-handles.
The valves, gear, and nozzles were perhaps improved in detail; but the groundwork was unchanged.
Two valves turned the steam on and off from under the piston, with the ordinary gear and handles.
The first shot demolished the top gear of one of the ships, bringing down the men; and the other ships kept a safe distance.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for gear
- stolen goods
- illegal drugs
Derived forms of geargearless, adjective
Word Origin for gear
Scientific definitions for gear
Other Idioms and Phrases with gear
see high gear; slip a cog (gear).