Adjective "gear" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A toothed wheel that works with others to alter the relation between the speed of a driving mechanism (such as the engine of a vehicle) and the speed of the driven parts (the wheels)
  1. 'I love a mystery, but not if you hear the gears and wheels clinking and clanking in the background.'
  2. 'The team relied purely on programming and built a simple robot that used wheels rather than gears for its movement.'
  3. 'One major problem with using a conventional set of gears is that gears have a ratio relationship between their input and output.'
  4. 'Fitted with whirring wheels, gears and other devices, the old mechanical toys have acquired retro-cool status among many affluent young collectors.'
  5. 'It is quite a funky bike, coming complete with suspension on the front wheel, rotary shift gears, the oddest bell known to mankind, and rapid release wheels.'
  6. 'The engines are cross-coupled so that each propeller is run by two diesel engines through clutch and cone belt transmission gears.'
  7. 'We checked the massive engine room and filmed the now rusty gears on the open gearbox.'
  8. 'A mechanical controller has gears and mechanical timers.'
  9. 'The machine consisted of replaceable shafts, gears, wheels, handles, electric motors, and disks and required much manual work to set it up.'
  10. 'Again, mechanical gears allow you to see the various orbits.'
  11. 'he was belting along in fifth gear'
  12. 'The available sport setting automatically selects gears according to a sporty shift characteristic curve.'
  13. 'Louise shifts up and down through the gears without altering her speed.'
  14. 'The engine will quite happily sit at the legal limit in fifth gear at under 2000 revs.'
  15. 'One of the two clutches engages the odd-numbered and the other the even-numbered gears.'
  16. 'There is the option to change gears manually, but when the auto box is this good, there really is no need to go manual.'
  17. 'Unusually for a sportscar of this type, it comes with six gears, making the occasional motorway cruise all the more bearable.'
  18. 'The system allows the driver to manually shift gears or drive in an automatic mode.'
  19. 'It slides smoothly and effortlessly into lower gears but fifth gear is a bit notchy and I have a bit of a tussle to engage it.'
  20. 'Use that torque to good effect and it will amble along in the higher gears, barely sipping diesel.'
  21. 'In the auto-shift mode the system chooses the most logical gear for engine speed and fuel economy at any time.'
  22. 'now the champions moved up a gear'
  23. 'We need to step a up gear soon in order to get the job done.'
  24. 'As the competition speeds up into high gear, Diamandis said there are several additional sponsorships still available for the Ansari X Prize competition.'
  25. 'For example, as I write this, the Democratic primaries currently are in high gear, and every candidate has at least one official Weblog.'
  26. 'Poor passing and delivery had been letting Laois down but they suddenly found a higher gear and Chris Conway and Paul Lawlor finished a couple of great moves.'
  27. 'Perhaps the biggest source of comfort was the fact City at least got a result even though they never quite found top gear.'
  28. 'As I shifted into gear in preparation for the 1965 Mr. America, I saw less of the Dream Team and more of the inside of a tuna can.'
  29. 'The food, the environs, the ambience are all in top gear for a grand welcome to "Mahabali Chakravarthy."'
  30. 'With the scores at 10 -, and Town dominant, Odsal stepped up a gear to try and breach the Town defence.'
Equipment or apparatus that is used for a particular purpose.
  1. 'On his back were a parachute and 100-pound rucksack crammed with clothes, food, medical gear and other stuff.'
  2. 'Her mother then ventured inside to get her some clothes and some sanitary gear.'
  3. 'First stop was to pick up the bags with the fresh clothes and camping gear from the truck, then set up the tent.'
  4. 'As for gear, many people are using the small mini-disc recorders in the field these days.'
  5. 'For maximum ride safety, your personal clothing and gear should also feature reflective elements.'
  6. 'We fly around taking gear and people from one place to the next, sometimes all night long, just stopping to refuel.'
  7. 'To make shopping easy, the company arranges its catalog according to clothing, accessories, gear, and gifts.'
  8. 'Prizes also include sunglasses, clothes and electronic gear.'
  9. 'A few weeks after they'd gone missing, some of their personal dive gear washed up on a beach 75 miles from the dive site.'
  10. 'Although safety may be a consideration, not enough people use safety gear, and even when they do, they are not invincible.'
  11. 'designer gear'
  12. 'It was a large archway beneath the railway lines, filled with smoke, camouflage netting and PR people in army gear.'
  13. 'I know somebody who used to work with them and witnessed refusal of clothing because it was not designer gear.'
  14. 'Expect to find savings of up to 70 per cent on clothes, with best buys in the outer wear, party gear and children's clothes sections.'
  15. 'Have you considered putting them in cool leather biker gear or spandex outfits?'
  16. 'They were Mexicans, elegant in their designer safari gear.'
  17. 'Even though it was just after Christmas, not one child out of the 30 or so there was wearing any designer gear.'
  18. 'When out shopping, find a shop selling quality gear for half the price of what it would cost to dress in designer gear.'
  19. 'To avoid bramble scratches and tick attacks, wear long gear and good shoes.'
  20. 'These limp fashion disasters are surely worn by the same people who in six months time will be strutting down the beaches of Ibiza parading the latest designer gear.'
  21. 'He has a Santa Claus-like beard and often wears vintage leather motorcycle gear.'
  22. 'They walked with their webbing packed full of ammunition and in their haversacks they carried five days' bully beef and biscuits and a minimum of personal gear.'
  23. 'We had five trips, moving our personal gear, then the group stores and finally the deflated rafts.'
  24. 'If a crewmember bailed you out by loaning you personal gear be extra, extra generous!'
  25. 'For one thing, a small mule train will follow behind your group, carrying food, tents, and 15 pounds of your personal gear.'
  26. 'The next day the girl returns and starts bringing in her clothes and other personal gear!'
  27. 'It was a four-day trip, each man carrying his own rations, sleeping bag, clothing and personal gear.'
  28. 'Even our drugs are better quality than our kids' gear.'
  29. 'Every time he reawakened he got up and went to the nearest drug dealer around him and bought gear, and we were watching him, through the double-barrelled shotgun.'
  30. 'I was only out for five and a half months, getting out of my face on gear all the time.'
  31. 'It wasn't me and I met a new friend and he gave me some gear for myself and said that if I did some runs for him he would give me more.'
  32. 'After that I thought I was cured and went back to using gear.'
  33. 'My girlfriend stood by me, had faith in me that I would get off the gear and get clean.'
  34. 'People are there when you need them, and you realise that there's more to life than running around trying to get money for a bag of gear.'


Design or adjust the gears in a machine to give a specified speed or power output.
  1. 'Despite being geared to reach its top speed in the fifth of its seven gears, you can never quite escape the V10's voice.'
  2. 'The camshaft is geared to turn at one-half the rate of the crankshaft.'
  3. 'The transmission is geared for power, economy and smooth transition, and is designed to withstand tough working conditions.'

More definitions

1. Machinery. a part, as a disk, wheel, or section of a shaft, having cut teeth of such form, size, and spacing that they mesh with teeth in another part to transmit or receive force and motion. an assembly of such parts. one of several possible arrangements of such parts in a mechanism, as an automobile transmission, for affording different relations of torque and speed between the driving and the driven machinery, or for permitting the driven machinery to run in either direction: first g

More examples(as adjective)

"researchs can be gear to objectives."

"researchs can be gear."

"plants can be gear."

"hairpins can be gear."

"flexibilities can be gear."

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Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse gervi. Early senses expressed the general meaning ‘equipment or apparatus’, later ‘mechanism’: hence gear (sense 1 of the noun) (early 19th century).


gear down
gear someone/something for
gear something for/to/towards
gear up
gear someone/something up