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gearshift

[ geer-shift ]
/ ˈgɪərˌʃɪft /
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noun
a device for selecting, engaging, and disengaging gears for a system for the transmission of power, especially in a motor vehicle.
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Origin of gearshift

An Americanism dating back to1925–30; gear + shift
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How to use gearshift in a sentence

  • While I prefer traditional gearshift levers versus the gear-selector buttons in the Bolt, more automakers are opting for such gearshift buttons, toggles or knobs because they take up less space.

  • Abed leaned forward, searching between his seat and the gearshift.

  • He stepped in and gripped the bat-shaped gearshift, adjusted the headstone-shaped headrest, and got rolling.

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