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- n. The lowest gearing available from a gearbox, typically in a motor vehicle or cycle.
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Nurse Kettle drove in bottom gear to the top of Watt’s Hill and there paused.
Alleyn lifted his hat as Nurse Kettle, having engaged her bottom gear with some precipitance, shot past them like a leaping eland.
As he shoved the truck down into bottom gear to grind up the far creek bank he looked back for a moment at the empty head stockman’s house, the two vacant houses beyond it; there was the homestead’s soft underbelly, the only place where flammable things came close enough to the trees on the far side of the creek to catch.