- 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.
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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 geargearless, adjectivere·gear, verbun·geared, adjectivewell-geared, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for gear
You can convince them to leave their home, though, by giving them the proper gear to keep them warm and cozy.The hottest gifts to buy for the friend who’s always cold|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 20, 2020|Popular Science
Giuliani’s strategy isn’t geared toward winning legal arguments, Greabe theorizes.Rudy Giuliani’s post-election meltdown starts to become literal|Dan Zak, Josh Dawsey|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
In the Navigator, the small differences between its many gear ratios keep the down-changes subtle and smooth, in keeping with the big luxury SUV’s overall character.Backing up a trailer is really hard, but this $100,000 SUV offers a new solution|Dan Carney|November 19, 2020|Popular Science
Alas, I don’t own a crossbow, slingshot, or potato cannon and was thus dependent on a skinny biceps and an iffy sidearm to launch my gear into the canopy.
The watch is geared for athletes—especially triathletes—and its simple user interface speaks to a device that aims to perform well in a specific niche.This new workout watch can tell when you switch activities|Rob Verger|November 17, 2020|Popular Science
Micah is 10 years old and he had a coat geared to the season, a Patagonia winter jacket with a hood.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the case of Miss America, these role models are particularly geared towards women.
In 2009 Grindr debuted, a dating (or, really, hook-up) app geared towards gay, bi-sexual, and bi-curious men.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set|Aurora Snow|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The conversation now around books like The Hunger Games is how much violence is too much violence in a book geared at children.R.L. Stine’s Secret to Scaring the Crap Out of Kids|Kevin Fallon|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
It was a fourteen-horse-power engine, water-cooled, and geared with a chain to the propeller.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
Fanlight openers for single lights, or geared for a number of sashes, may be designed to suit positions difficult of access.
The disc of the timer, known as the "commutator," is so geared that it revolves in unison with the motor.
This fan is generally attached to a bracket at the front of the motor, and is driven either by a belt or geared shaft.
Geared to swift activity, the big Pyrran found it impossible not to decide quickly.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for gear
- stolen goods
- illegal drugs
Derived forms of geargearless, adjective
Word Origin for gear
Scientific definitions for gear
Idioms and Phrases with gear
see high gear; slip a cog (gear).