Origin of gearing
- 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.
Origin of gear
Synonyms for gear
Related Words for gearingorganize, fit, tailor, adjust, adapt, regulate, appoint, accouter, outfit, harness, furnish, suit, ready, rig, blend, arm, match
Examples from the Web for gearing
Contemporary Examples of gearing
Now, Roberts and her small team are gearing up to launch their next full production line since the first one came out last year.Look Who’s Wearing The Pants: Haute Butch’s Gender-Blending Style
October 24, 2014
And that's because just the timing worked on what was sort of gearing up.Fear of a Minority Superhero: Marvel's Obsession with White Guys Saving the World
August 7, 2014
The former Taliban prisoner is gearing up for the investigation into his disappearance and abduction in Afghanistan.Bowe Bergdahl Thanks Obama for ‘Saving His Life’
July 16, 2014
Despite a disappointing ruling in the Fifth Circuit on Thursday, the pro-choice movement is only gearing up for battle.Pro-Choice Texas Will Not Back Down
March 28, 2014
Inside the Obama administration, officials are gearing up for an economic Cold War.White House Braces for Russian Retaliation Over Ukraine
March 14, 2014
Historical Examples of gearing
Much of the efficiency of the motor is due to the form and gearing of the propeller.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
With motor vehicles, the excess power is provided for by gearing.
The apron is operated by gearing from the rear wheels of the grader.
The gearing is the gear type, axle turning with the drivers.Farm Engines and How to Run Them
James H. Stephenson
Gearing transmitted the motion of this shaft to the driving wheels.Automobile Biographies
Lyman Horace Weeks
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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).