Gear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡɪr|  American pronunciation of the word gear
Brit.  |ɡɪə|  British pronunciation of the word gear
- a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion (syn: cogwheel)
- wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed (syn: gearing, train)
the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain
- a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
- equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc. (syn: appurtenance, paraphernalia)


- set the level or character of (syn: pitch)


I somehow managed to pack all my gear into one suitcase.

a complicated arrangement of gears and shafts

a car with four forward gears

Halfway up the hill, my bike slipped out of gear.

Education should be geared to the children's needs and abilities.

His mountain bike had 18 gears.

Andy drove cautiously along in third gear.

Does this thing have a reverse gear?

Any cyclist can climb a difficult hill; you just change gear.

Don't turn off the engine while you're still in gear.

It's a good habit to take the car out of gear while you're at a stoplight.

During this period, Japan's export industries were in top gear (=were as active as they could be).

The Republican's propaganda machine moved into high gear.

United stepped up a gear in the second half.

He's crazy about photography - he's got all the gear.

Phrasal verbs

gear up  — make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gear
he/she/it: gears
present participle: gearing
past tense: geared
past participle: geared
singular: gear
plural: gears
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