Definitions for: Gear


[n] a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
[n] equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
[n] a mechanism for transmitting motion by gears for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
[v] set the level or character of; "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gear, n. [OE. gere, ger, AS. gearwe clothing, adornment,
armor, fr. gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. garaw[=i],
garw[=i] ornament, dress. See Yare, and cf. Garb dress.]
1. Clothing; garments; ornaments.

Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear. --Spenser.

2. Goods; property; household stuff. --Chaucer.

Homely gear and common ware. --Robynson
(More's
Utopia).

3. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff
or material.

Clad in a vesture of unknown gear. --Spenser.

4. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.

5. Warlike accouterments. [Scot.] --Jamieson.

6. Manner; custom; behavior. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

7. Business matters; affairs; concern. [Obs.]

Thus go they both together to their gear. --Spenser.

8. (Mech.)
(a) A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a
bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively.
(b) An apparatus for performing a special function;
gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe.
(c) Engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out
of gear.

9. pl. (Naut.) See 1st Jeer
(b) .

10. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish. [Obs. or
Prov. Eng.] --Wright.

That servant of his that confessed and uttered this
gear was an honest man. --Latimer.

Bever gear. See Bevel gear.

Core gear, a mortise gear, or its skeleton. See {Mortise
wheel}, under Mortise.

Expansion gear (Steam Engine), the arrangement of parts for
cutting off steam at a certain part of the stroke, so as
to leave it to act upon the piston expansively; the
cut-off. See under Expansion.

Feed gear. See Feed motion, under Feed, n.

Gear cutter, a machine or tool for forming the teeth of
gear wheels by cutting.

Gear wheel, any cogwheel.

Running gear. See under Running.

To throw in, or out of, gear (Mach.), to connect or
disconnect (wheelwork or couplings, etc.); to put in, or
out of, working relation.


Gearv. t. [imp. & p. p. Geared; p. pr. & vb. n.
Gearing.]
1. To dress; to put gear on; to harness.

2. (Mach.) To provide with gearing.

Double geared, driven through twofold compound gearing, to
increase the force or speed; -- said of a machine.


Gear, v. i. (Mach.)
To be in, or come into, gear.

Synonyms: appurtenances, cogwheel, gear mechanism, gear wheel, paraphernalia, pitch

See Also: accommodate, adapt, bevel gear, cog, epicyclic gear, equipment, escape wheel, first, first gear, fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, gearset, high, high gear, kit, low, low gear, mechanism, outfit, park, pinion, pinion and crown wheel, pinion and ring gear, planet gear, planet wheel, planetary gear, popularise, popularize, rack and pinion, regalia, reverse, rig, rigging, saddlery, second, second gear, sprocket, spur gear, spur wheel, stable gear, steering gear, sun gear, tack, tackle, third, third gear, tooth, transmission, transmission system, wheel, worm gear, worm wheel

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