- Gear is defined as clothing or equipment needed for something specific.
An example of gear is a mask for hockey.
The definition of a gear is a simple machine with teeth that increases the force needed to push or pull something.
Functions of Gears
- Gears can increase speed, increase force or change direction.
- A gear is a simple, rotating machine which usually has teeth (cogs).
- When they connect to another gear, they transmit torque, which is like a twisting force.
- When two gears work together, it is called a transmission.
- Not all gears have teeth. In a rack and pinion gear, the pinion is the gear wheel and it meshes with the rack, which is a long bar with cogs.
An example of a gear is a bike chain.
- Gear means to make ready or prepare.
An example of gear is to prepare the home for a hurricane.
A man wearing hockey gear.
- Obsolete the clothing and equipment of a soldier, knight, etc.
- clothing; apparel
- movable property; esp., apparatus or equipment for some particular task, as a workman's tools, the rigging of a ship, a harness, etc.
- a toothed wheel, disk, etc. designed to mesh with another or with the thread of a worm
- a system of two or more gears meshed together so that the motion of one controls the speed and torque of another
- a specific adjustment of such a system
- any part of a mechanism performing a specific function: the steering gear
Origin of gearMiddle English gere, probably ; from Old Norse gervi, preparation, ornament, akin to Old English gearo, yare
- to furnish with gear; harness
- to adapt (one thing) so as to conform with another: to gear production to demand
- to connect by gears
- to furnish with gears
- to put into gear
- to adjust gears so that the driven element goes faster than the driving element, with a consequent decrease in torque
- to accelerate; increase efficiency (of): the factory geared up production
- the arrangement of gears providing the greatest speed but little torque
- Informal high speed or efficiency
in (or out of) gear
- (not) connected to the motor
- (not) in proper adjustment or working order
- the arrangement of gears providing little speed but great torque
- Informal low speed or efficiency
- to change from one gear arrangement to another
- to change one's approach in handling a problem
- a. 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.b. A complete assembly that performs a specific function in a larger machine.c. A transmission configuration for a specific ratio of engine to axle torque in a motor vehicle.
- Equipment, such as tools or clothing, used for a particular activity: fishing gear. See Synonyms at equipment.
- a. Clothing and accessories: the latest gear for teenagers.b. Personal belongings, including clothing: keeps her gear in a trunk.
- The harness for a horse.
- Nautical a. A ship's rigging.b. A sailor's personal effects.
verbgeared, gear·ing, gears
- a. To equip with gears.b. To connect by gears.c. To put into gear.
- To adjust or adapt so as to make suitable: geared the speech to a conservative audience.
- To provide with gear; equip.
- To come into or be in gear.
- To shift a transmission: geared down to take the curve.
- To become adjusted so as to fit or blend.
Origin of gearMiddle English gere, equipment, from Old Norse gervi; akin to gera, to do, make, make ready.
(countable and uncountable, plural gears)
- (uncountable) equipment or paraphernalia, especially that used for an athletic endeavor.
- Clothing; garments.
- (countable) 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.
- (countable) a particular combination or choice of interlocking gears, such that a particular gear ratio is achieved.
- (countable) A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque
- (slang) recreational drugs
- (uncountable, archaic) stuff.
(third-person singular simple present gears, present participle gearing, simple past and past participle geared)
- (engineering) To provide with gearing; to fit with gears in order to achieve a desired gear ratio.
- (engineering, intransitive) To be in, or come into, gear.
- to dress; to put gear on; to harness.
(comparative more gear, superlative most gear)
- (mostly British (Scouse)) great or fantastic
From Old Norse gervi.