What does gear mean?

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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"


  1. Gear(v. t.)

    To adapt toward some specific purpose; as, they geared their advertising for maximum effect among teenagers.


  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

  16. Origin: [OE. gere, ger, AS. gearwe clothing, adornment, armor, fr. gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. garaw, garw ornament, dress. See Yare, and cf. Garb dress.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gear

    gēr, n. a state of preparation: dress: harness: tackle: (mech.) connection by means of toothed wheels: (obs.) a matter, affair.—v.t. to put in gear, as machinery.—p.adj. Geared, connected with the motor by gearing.—ns. Gear′ing, harness: working implements: (mech.) a train of toothed wheels and pinions; Gear′-wheel, a wheel with teeth or cogs which impart or transmit motion by acting on those of another wheel; Driv′ing-gear, those parts in a machine most nearly concerned in imparting motion.—Multiplying gearing, a combination of cog-wheels for imparting motion from wheels of larger to wheels of smaller diameter, by which the rate of revolution is increased; Out of gear, out of running order, unprepared; Straight gearing, the name given when the planes of motion are parallel—opposed to Bevelled gearing, when the direction is changed (see Bevel). [M. E. gere, prob. Ice. gervi; cf. A.S. gearwe, Old High Ger. garawi, Eng. yare and gar, v.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. gear

    [the Anglo-Saxon geara, clothing]. A general name for the rigging of any particular spar or sail; and in or out of gear implies anything being fit or unfit for use.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gear

    Warlike accoutrements; military harness; equipage.

Editors Contribution

  1. gear

    A mechanism for transmitting motion for a specific purpose.

    Many vehicles have a gear of a specific kind as a function.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 25, 2020  

Suggested Resources

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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 for gear »

  1. ager

  2. areg

  3. GRAE

  4. rage

How to pronounce gear?

  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gear in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of gear in a Sentence

  1. Noelle Kei:

    Oliver would still have to wear his protective gear but a reprieve from the California sun might make things easier, unfortunately, this is not something we can consider as a family right now. But Oliver is such a happy go lucky kid and he inspires me. He doesn’t let XP rule his life in any way, and I’m so proud of how he handles it every day.

  2. Chief Executive Jerry Storch:

    There is no doubt that the entire market for coats and winter gear has been affected by an unusually warm fall but that's only one component of the business.

  3. Eddy Luy:

    They were having trouble with the nose landing gear, which they reported to the tower. They did a fantastic job, all the way into the landing, it was a nice, safe, controlled emergency landing. Everyone is safe and unharmed.

  4. Brett Bruen:

    There is an incredibly high level of suspicion, distrust of anything that speaks of intelligence, people will look past Grenell's bravado and boastfulness as long as Richard Grenell is wearing a civilian uniform, but now, donning the spy gear and trying to convey a message about why Germany should support us on Iran or Russia or the spread of extremism is just a nonstarter.

  5. Gloria Chapman:

    Once the plan was in gear, I couldn't stop it.

Images & Illustrations of gear

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Translations for gear

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  • převod, vybavení, ozubené kolo, soukolíCzech
  • udstyrDanish
  • Zahnrad, Gangschaltung, Gang, AusrüstungGerman
  • εξοπλισμός, ταχύτητα, οδοντωτός τροχός, σχέση, σύνεργαGreek
  • dentradoEsperanto
  • cambio, velocidad, engranaje, marcha, equipoSpanish
  • vaihteisto, ratas, varusteet, vaihde, hammasratasFinnish
  • vitesse, engrenage, passer ses vitessesFrench
  • acmhainnIrish
  • gèar, cuibhle-ghèar, uidheamScottish Gaelic
  • gigiIndonesian
  • tannhjól, gírIcelandic
  • cambio, ingranaggio, parafernalia, equipaggiamento, attrezzo, marcia, ingranareItalian
  • גלגל שינייםHebrew
  • ギア, 歯車Japanese
  • calcesLatin
  • zobratsLatvian
  • брзина, опрема, запченик, преносMacedonian
  • gir, utstyr, tannhjulNorwegian
  • overbrenging, versnelling, tandwiel, schakelen, in een versnelling komenDutch
  • tannhjul, gir, utstyrNorwegian Nynorsk
  • biegPolish
  • marcha, equipamento, engrenagem, câmbio, velocidade, engrenarPortuguese
  • roată dințată, schimbător de viteză, cutie de vitezeRomanian
  • передача, скорость, шестерёнка, зубчатое колесо, трансмиссия, шестерня, приводRussian
  • зупчаник, stepen prenosa, brzina, опрема, брзина, степен преноса, zupčanik, opremaSerbo-Croatian
  • ozubené koleso, prevodSlovak
  • opremaSlovene
  • kugghjul, utrustning, växelSwedish
  • vitesTurkish
  • 齿轮Chinese

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