gear meaning

[ giə ] Pronunciation:   "gear" in a sentence
Verb: gear  gir [N. Amer], giu(r) [Brit]
  1. Set the level or character of
    - pitch
Noun: gear  gir [N. Amer], giu(r) [Brit]
  1. A toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
    - gear wheel, geared wheel, cogwheel 
  2. Wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
    - gearing, geartrain, power train, train 
  3. A mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
    - gear mechanism 
  4. Equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    - paraphernalia, appurtenance

Derived forms: geared, gearing, gears

Type of: accommodate, adapt, equipment, mechanism, wheel, wheelwork

Part of: engine

Encyclopedia: Gear

[American slang]
n. an asterisk (*).
• Why is there a gear after this word?
• The gear stands for anything you want it to stand for.

[British slang]
Noun. Illicit drugs. E.g."Andy said he'd bring over some gear for the party, that's if he hasn't already taken it all.”

AmE / verb, noun

verb [+ obj] gear sth for/to/towards sth (usually be geared)

to make, change or prepare sth so that it is suitable for a particular purpose or for particular people:

The magazine is geared towards women over 35.

The economy is now geared to growth.


gear sth/yourself for sth

to make sth/yourself ready for sth:

The company is gearing itself for future success.

gear sth/yourself to sth

to depend on sth; to be connected with sth:

Salary adjustments are geared to the cost of living.

Life assurance companies are heavily geared to stock market performance.

gear up (for/to sth); gear sb/sth up (for/to sth)

to prepare yourself/sb/sth to do sth:

The country is gearing up for elections.

They have geared themselves up to produce two new vehicles this year.


1 [U] (informal)

a piece of equipment or a system:

computer/networking/telecom gear

2 [U]

equipment or clothing used for a particular purpose:

sports/protective gear

They carry all their gear (files, phones and laptops) to a new desk every day.

3 (informal) [U,C]

the speed at which sth takes place; the effort involved in doing sth

: (BrE) Sales growth has moved into top gear. (AmE) The tax-cut plans are shifting into high gear.

The takeover battle moved up a gear this week as two more companies put in bids.


get, kick, swing, etc. into gear; get, kick, etc. sth into gear

to start working, or to start sth working, in an efficient way:

If you fill in the form, within 24 hours the service will kick into gear.

A general term for a collection of spars, ropes, blocks, and equipment used for lifting and stowing cargo and ships stores.
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  1. when a car is out of gear it cannot run.
  2. put the gear lever in the neutral position.
  3. when the car is in gear it will move.
  4. do not make the engine run fast when not in gear.
  5. the car started with a crashing of gears.

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