# gear ratio

- the ratio of the rotational speeds of the first and final gears in a train of gears or of any two meshing gears.
- the ratio of the diameters of the pitch surfaces of any two meshing gears or of the numbers of their teeth.

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## Origin of gear ratio

First recorded in 1905–10

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## Examples from the Web for gear ratio

### Historical Examples of gear ratio

In expressing the gear-ratio, the normal speed will be denoted by 100.

The gear-ratio of a two-speed gear is the ratio of the high to the low gear.

When the central pinion is held stationary the hub is driven at a less speed than the chain-wheel; the gear-ratio is 100 : 76.2.