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
Examples from the Web for 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|Nina Strochlic|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The former Taliban prisoner is gearing up for the investigation into his disappearance and abduction in Afghanistan.
Despite a disappointing ruling in the Fifth Circuit on Thursday, the pro-choice movement is only gearing up for battle.
Inside the Obama administration, officials are gearing up for an economic Cold War.White House Braces for Russian Retaliation Over Ukraine|Josh Rogin|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The speed of the machine, for the purpose of adjustment, using the gearing attached to the upper head, is 10 in.
Farm implements, gearing carts, etc., are all of a style and differ very little from those used centuries ago.The Story of the Cotton Plant|Frederick Wilkinson
Lifting that part of the gearing, there was revealed a spot as large as the hand of a twelve-year-old child, all raw and bleeding.White Dandy; or, Master and I|Velma Caldwell Melville
The cylinder was but three-and-a-half inches in diameter, and the wheels were moved by gearing.Railway Adventures and Anecdotes|Various
The main frame-work containing the gearing was suspended on two wheels about three feet four inches in diameter.Obed Hussey|Various
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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).