1. a synchronized shifting mechanism.
  2. any of the gears of such a mechanism.

Origin of synchromesh

First recorded in 1925–30; synchro- + mesh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for synchromesh


  1. (of a gearbox, etc) having a system of clutches that synchronizes the speeds of the driving and driven members before engagement to avoid shock in gear changing and to reduce noise and wear
  1. a gear system having these features

Word Origin for synchromesh

C20: shortened from synchronized mesh
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