An example of gear is a mask for hockey.
An example of gear is to prepare the home for a hurricane.
An example of a gear is a bike chain.
Geared the speech to a conservative audience.
To gear production to demand.
The latest gear for teenagers.
Keeps her gear in a trunk.
Geared down to take the curve.
The steering gear.
- to adjust gears so that the driven element goes slower than the driving element, with a consequent increase in torque
- 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
- high speed or efficiency
- (not) connected to the motor
- (not) in proper adjustment or working order
- the arrangement of gears providing little speed but great torque
- low speed or efficiency
- the arrangement of gears providing reverse, or backward, motion
- to change from one gear arrangement to another
- to change one's approach or focus
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of gear
- Middle English gere equipment from Old Norse gervi gera to do, make, make ready
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old Norse gervi.