- 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.
- 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
Synonyms for gear
Related Words for gearedorganize, fit, tailor, adjust, adapt, regulate, appoint, accouter, outfit, harness, furnish, suit, ready, rig, blend, arm, match
Examples from the Web for geared
Contemporary Examples of geared
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Historical Examples of geared
I have it geared to a small motor, and it's been running steadily for some time.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
This, like the water-pump, is geared to the engine and driven by it.
It will be seen that the water-pump E is geared to the engine.
Everything must be geared and geared at once to the Germans' being right.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
The household was geared to the "bog," as they called the biography.Susan B. Anthony
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- illegal drugs
Word Origin for gear
c.1200, "fighting equipment," probably from Old Norse gervi "apparel," related to gerr "ready," and gerva "make ready," from Proto-Germanic *garwin- (cf. Old English gearwe "clothing, equipment, ornament;" Old High German garawi "clothing, dress," garawen "to make ready;" German gerben "to tan"). Meaning "toothed wheel in machinery" first attested 1520s. Slang for "male sex organs" from 1670s. British adjective slang sense of "stylish, excellent" first recorded 1951, from earlier that's the gear, expression of approval, 1925.
c.1200, "to equip oneself for fighting; dress," probably from gear (n.). Related: Geared; gearing.
see high gear; slip a cog (gear).