Definitions for geargɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. 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.

    Category: Machinery

  2. implements, tools, or apparatus, esp. as used for a particular occupation or activity; paraphernalia:

    fishing gear.

  3. a harness, esp. of horses.

  4. the riggings of a ship or a particular sail or spar.

    Category: Nautical

  5. portable items of personal property, including clothing.

  6. wearing apparel; clothing.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. armor or arms.

  8. (v.t.)to provide with or connect by gearing.

  9. to put in or into gear.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. to provide with gear; supply; equip.

  11. to prepare, adjust, or adapt to a particular situation, person, etc.:

    geared their output to seasonal demands.

  12. (v.i.)to fit exactly, as one part of gearing into another.

  13. gear up, to make or get ready for a future event or situation.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. (adj.)Slang. great; wonderful.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for gear:

  1. in or into high gear,in or into a state of maximum speed and efficiency.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of gear:

1150–1200; ME gere < ON gervi, gørvi; akin to OE gearwe equipment


Princeton's WordNet

  1. gear, gear wheel, geared wheel, cogwheel(noun)

    a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion

  2. gearing, gear, geartrain, power train, train(noun)

    wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed

    "the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain"

  3. gear, gear mechanism(noun)

    a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

  4. gear, paraphernalia, appurtenance(verb)

    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

  5. gear, pitch(verb)

    set the level or character of

    "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gear(noun)ˈɪr

    a part of a vehicle that controls the speed of the wheels

    How many gears does this bicycle have?; first/second/third etc. gear; to change gear

  2. gearˈɪr

    clothes or equipment for an activity

    skiing gear

  3. gear(verb)ˈɪr

    made suitable for

    a show that's geared toward children rather than adults


  1. gear(Noun)

    equipment or paraphernalia, especially that used for an athletic endeavor.

  2. gear(Noun)

    a wheel with grooves (teeth) engraved on the outer circumference, such that two such devices can interlock and convey motion from one to the other.

  3. gear(Noun)

    a particular combination or choice of interlocking gears, such that a particular gear ratio is achieved.

  4. gear(Noun)

    A configuration of the transmission of an motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque

  5. gear(Noun)


  6. gear(Verb)

    To fit with gears in order to achieve a desired gear ratio.

  7. gear(Interjection)

    (mostly British (Scouse)) great or fantastic

  8. Origin: From gervi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gear(noun)

    clothing; garments; ornaments

  2. Gear(noun)

    goods; property; household stuff

  3. Gear(noun)

    whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material

  4. Gear(noun)

    the harness of horses or cattle; trapping

  5. Gear(noun)

    warlike accouterments

  6. Gear(noun)

    manner; custom; behavior

  7. Gear(noun)

    business matters; affairs; concern

  8. Gear(noun)

    a toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively

  9. Gear(noun)

    an apparatus for performing a special function; gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe

  10. Gear(noun)

    engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out of gear

  11. Gear(noun)

    see 1st Jeer (b)

  12. Gear(noun)

    anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish

  13. Gear(verb)

    to dress; to put gear on; to harness

  14. Gear(verb)

    to provide with gearing

  15. Gear(verb)

    to be in, or come into, gear


  1. Gear

    A gear or cogwheel is a rotating machine part having cut teeth, or cogs, which mesh with another toothed part in order to transmit torque. Two or more gears working in tandem are called a transmission and can produce a mechanical advantage through a gear ratio and thus may be considered a simple machine. Geared devices can change the speed, torque, and direction of a power source. The most common situation is for a gear to mesh with another gear; however, a gear can also mesh with a non-rotating toothed part, called a rack, thereby producing translation instead of rotation. The gears in a transmission are analogous to the wheels in a pulley. An advantage of gears is that the teeth of a gear prevent slipping. When two gears of unequal number of teeth are combined, a mechanical advantage is produced, with both the rotational speeds and the torques of the two gears differing in a simple relationship. In transmissions which offer multiple gear ratios, such as bicycles and cars, the term gear, as in first gear, refers to a gear ratio rather than an actual physical gear. The term is used to describe similar devices even when the gear ratio is continuous rather than discrete, or when the device does not actually contain any gears, as in a continuously variable transmission.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. gear

    A general term for a collection of spars, ropes, blocks, and equipment used for lifting and stowing cargo and ships stores.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3648

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gear' in Nouns Frequency: #1771

Anagrams of gear

  1. ager

  2. areg

  3. GRAE

  4. rage

Translations for gear

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually in plural) a set of toothed wheels which act together to carry motion

a car with automatic gears.

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