Idioms

Origin of gear

1150–1200; Middle English gere < Old Norse gervi, gørvi; akin to Old English gearwe equipment

Related forms

gear·less, adjectivere·gear, verbun·geared, adjectivewell-geared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gear

gear

/ (ɡɪə) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

gearless, adjective

Word Origin for gear

C13: from Old Norse gervi; related to Old High German garawī equipment, Old English gearwe
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Science definitions for gear

gear

[ gîr ]

A wheel with teeth around its rim that mesh with the teeth of another wheel to transmit motion. Gears are used to transmit power (as in a car transmission) or change the direction of motion in a mechanism (as in a differential axle). Fixed ratios of speed in various parts of a machine is often established by the arrangement of gears.
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Idioms and Phrases with gear

gear


see high gear; slip a cog (gear).

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