- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Words nearby gear
Idioms for 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 geargear·less, adjectivere·gear, verbun·geared, adjectivewell-geared, adjective
Examples from the Web for geared
A blandly written, barely acted sitcom about high schoolers but geared toward adolescents?How Bad Was 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story'?|Kevin Fallon|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The total is often geared to years served – for example, 14 days after five years.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If American life is geared to profit, Brazilian life is geared to goals.
Politics is not geared toward long-term thinking—far from it—but that is what complicated tech projects require.Even the Most Powerful Man in the World Is at the Mercy of the IT Guy|Jill Lawrence|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Geared toward both novices and up-and-coming competitors, classes include Sexy Pole Dance Basics or Pole Dance Workout Advanced.12 Priciest Fitness Classes (Actually Worth the Splurge)|DailyBurn|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For bolts of larger diameter requiring more force than can be exerted by a hand lever, a geared hand bolt cutter is employed.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
The driving motor of two horse power is geared by double reduction gearing to the driving wheels at one end of the hoist.The New York Subway|Anonymous
The indeterminate thing beside the searchlight turned out to be a hand pump, geared to work against heavy pressure.
I geared up the bays, and we splashed out through the mud, some precarious, until we found the road again.Heart of the West|O. Henry
This ensures that the valve shall be lifted only once in two revolutions of the crank shaft to which it is geared.How it Works|Archibald Williams
British Dictionary definitions for geared
- stolen goods
- illegal drugs
Derived forms of geargearless, adjective
Word Origin for gear
Science definitions for geared
Idioms and Phrases with geared
see high gear; slip a cog (gear).