[ geer-ing ]
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  1. an assembly of parts, especially a train of gears, for transmitting and modifying motion and torque in a machine.

  2. the act or process of equipping with gears.

  1. the method of installation of such gears.

Origin of gearing

First recorded in 1815–25; gear + -ing1

Words Nearby gearing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gearing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gearing


/ (ˈɡɪərɪŋ) /

  1. an assembly of gears designed to transmit motion

  2. the act or technique of providing gears to transmit motion

  1. Also called: capital gearing accounting, British the ratio of a company's debt capital to its equity capital: US word: leverage

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