from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A toothed machine part, such as a wheel or cylinder, that meshes with another toothed part to transmit motion or to change speed or direction.
  • n. A complete assembly that performs a specific function in a larger machine.
  • n. A transmission configuration for a specific ratio of engine to axle torque in a motor vehicle.
  • n. Equipment, such as tools or clothing, used for a particular activity: fishing gear. See Synonyms at equipment.
  • n. Clothing and accessories: the latest gear for teenagers.
  • n. Personal belongings, including clothing: keeps her gear in a trunk.
  • n. The harness for a horse.
  • n. Nautical A ship's rigging.
  • n. Nautical A sailor's personal effects.
  • transitive v. To equip with gears.
  • transitive v. To connect by gears.
  • transitive v. To put into gear.
  • transitive v. To adjust or adapt so as to make suitable: geared the speech to a conservative audience.
  • transitive v. To provide with gear; equip.
  • intransitive v. To come into or be in gear.
  • intransitive v. To become adjusted so as to fit or blend.
  • gear up To get ready for a coming action or event: a group of investors who had geared up for the takeover fight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. equipment or paraphernalia, especially that used for an athletic endeavor.
  • n. 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.
  • n. a particular combination or choice of interlocking gears, such that a particular gear ratio is achieved.
  • n. A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque
  • n. recreational drugs
  • n. (archaic) stuff.
  • v. To fit with gears in order to achieve a desired gear ratio.
  • interj. ) great or fantastic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Clothing; garments; ornaments.
  • n. Goods; property; household stuff.
  • n. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material.
  • n. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.
  • n. Warlike accouterments.
  • n. Manner; custom; behavior.
  • n. Business matters; affairs; concern.
  • n.
  • n. A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; ; also, toothed wheels, collectively.
  • n. An apparatus for performing a special function; gearing.
  • n. Engagement of parts with each other
  • n. See 1st Jeer (b).
  • n. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish.
  • intransitive v. To be in, or come into, gear.
  • transitive v. To dress; to put gear on; to harness.
  • transitive v. To provide with gearing.
  • transitive v. To adapt toward some specific purpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into gear; prepare for operation; fit with gear or gearing: as, to gear up a wagon; to gear a machine or an engine.
  • In machinery, to fit into another part, as one part of gearing into another. See gearing.
  • n. A state of preparation or fitness; a suitable or fitting condition: as, to be out of gear; to bring anything into gear.
  • n. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material; hence, habit; dress; ornaments; armor.
  • n. Any special set of things forming essential parts or appurtenances, or utilized for or connected with some special act, occupation, etc.: as, hunting-gear.
  • n. Naut.. the ropes, blocks, etc., belonging to any particular sail or spar: as, the mainsail-gear, the foretop-mast-gear.
  • n. In machinery, the appliances or furnishings connected with the acting parts of any piece of mechanism: as, expansion-gear, valve-gear. More particularly— Toothed wheels collectively. The connection of toothed wheels with each other; gearing: as, to throw machinery into or out of gear.
  • n. A coal-miners' set of tools.
  • n. plural In coal-mining, staging and rails for shipping coal on wharves.
  • n. Goods; property in general.
  • n. A matter; an affair; affairs collectively.
  • n. Ordinary manner; behavior; custom; practice.
  • n. The diameter of an imaginary wheel whose circumference is equal to the distance traversed by a safety-bicycle during a single revolution of the pedals: as, a 72-inch gear.
  • n. A toothed wheel in which the axial lines of any one tooth are made up of two helical lines of equal pitch, one right-handed and one left-handed, which meet at the center of the face or breadth of the toothed surface. Such gears are called herring-bone gears, from the V-shape which each tooth receives. In this latter form they can only be used when the shafts are parallel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. set the level or character of
  • n. equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
  • n. a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
  • n. wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
  • n. a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English gere, equipment, from Old Norse gervi; akin to gera, to do, make, make ready.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old Norse gervi.



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