Idioms

Origin of gear

1150–1200; Middle English gere < Old Norse gervi, gørvi; akin to Old English gearwe equipment
Related formsgear·less, adjectivere·gear, verbun·geared, adjectivewell-geared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gear up (1 of 2)

gear up


verb (adverb)

(tr) to equip with gears
to prepare, esp for greater efficiencyis our industry geared up for these new challenges?

British Dictionary definitions for gear up (2 of 2)

gear

/ (ɡɪə) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsgearless, 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 up

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 up

gear


see high gear; slip a cog (gear).

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