Meaning of gear
Pronunciation: (gēr), [key]
- first gear; reverse gear.
- 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 gear; reverse gear.
- a mechanism or group of parts performing one function or serving one purpose in a complex machine:steering gear.
- implements, tools, or apparatus, esp. as used for a particular occupation or activity; paraphernalia: fishing gear.
- a harness, esp. of horses.
- the lines, tackles, etc., of a particular sail or spar.
- the personal tools, clothing, and other possessions of a sailor.
- portable items of personal property, including clothing; possessions: The campers keep all their gear in footlockers.
- wearing apparel; clothing: The fashion pages of the Sunday paper are featuring the latest fall gear.
- armor or arms.
- The car is in gear.
- Mach.in the state in which gears are connected or meshed:The car is in gear.
- in proper or active working order; functioning continuously without trouble:Every department in this company must be in gear at all times.
- in or into a state of utmost speed, activity, or efficiency: Military rearmament moved into high gear.
- in the state in which gears are not connected or meshed: The engine is out of gear.
- to change one's attitude, course of action, methods, etc., in an abrupt, dramatic, or unexpected manner: In the middle of the second act the play shifts gears from comedy to tragedy.
- to provide with or connect by gearing.
- to put in or into gear.
- to provide with gear; supply; equip.
- to prepare, adjust, or adapt to a particular situation, person, etc., in order to bring about satisfactory results: The producers geared their output to seasonal demands.
- to fit exactly, as one part of gearing into another; come into or be in gear.
- The truck driver geared down at the top of the hill.
- Auto.to shift the transmission of a vehicle to a lower gear:The truck driver geared down at the top of the hill.
- to reduce in scope or intensity:With less income you'll have to gear down your spending habits.
- Insiders say the senator is gearing up to run for governor.
- to make or get ready for a future event or situation:Insiders say the senator is gearing up to run for governor.
- to get or put on equipment or clothing for a particular purpose:The hikers geared up for the long trek down the mountain.
- to arouse or excite, as with enthusiasm or expectation:The employees were geared up for a hard battle with management over working hours.
- great; wonderful.
- gear (Thesaurus)