implements, tools, or apparatus, especially as used for a particular occupation or activity; paraphernalia:
a harness, especially of horses.
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.
verb (used with object)
to provide with or connect by .
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.
verb (used without object)
to fit exactly, as one part of into another; come into or be in gear.
Slang. great; wonderful.
in / into high gear, in or into a state of utmost speed, activity, or efficiency:
Military rearmament moved into high gear.
out of gear, Machinery. in the state in which gears are not connected or meshed:
The engine is out of gear.
shift / switch gears, 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.
a toothed wheel that engages with another toothed wheel or with a rack in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
a mechanism for transmitting motion by gears, esp for a specific purpose: the steering gear of a boat
the engagement or specific ratio of a system of gears: in gear, high gear
personal equipment and accoutrements; belongings
equipment and supplies for a particular operation, sport, etc: fishing gear
(nautical) all equipment or appurtenances belonging to a certain vessel, sailor, etc
short for landing gear
(informal) up-to-date clothes and accessories, esp those bought by young people
a less common word for harness (sense 1)
in gear, working or performing effectively or properly
out of gear, out of order; not functioning properly
(transitive) to adjust or adapt (one thing) so as to fit in or work with another: to gear our output to current demand
(transitive) to equip with or connect by gears
(intransitive) to be in or come into gear
(transitive) to equip with harness
c.1200, “fighting equipment,” probably from Old Norse gervi “apparel,” related to gerr “ready,” and gerva “make ready,” from Proto-Germanic *garwin- (cf. Old English gearwe “clothing, equipment, ornament;” Old High German garawi “clothing, dress,” garawen “to make ready;” German gerben “to tan”). Meaning “toothed wheel in machinery” first attested 1520s. Slang for “male sex organs” from 1670s. British adjective slang sense of “stylish, excellent” first recorded 1951, from earlier that’s the gear, expression of approval, 1925.
c.1200, “to equip oneself for fighting; dress,” probably from gear (n.). Related: Geared; gearing.
A wheel with teeth around its rim that mesh with the teeth of another wheel to transmit motion. Gears are used to transmit power (as in a car transmission) or change the direction of motion in a mechanism (as in a differential axle). Fixed ratios of speed in various parts of a machine is often established by the arrangement of gears.
Excellent; wonderful; superb: The opposite of ”gear” is ”grotty”
in high gear, shift into high gear
[1950s+ British; fr the WWI British Army phrase that’s the gear, ”that’s right”]
noun, British. 1. . /ˈɡɪəˌʃɪft/ noun 1. a lever used to move gearwheels relative to each other, esp in a motor vehicle
noun 1. .
[geer-set] /ˈgɪərˌsɛt/ noun, Automotive, Machinery. 1. a combination of that mesh to provide a particular .
[geer-shift] /ˈgɪərˌʃɪft/ noun 1. . 2. a device for selecting, engaging, and disengaging for a system for the transmission of power, especially in a motor vehicle.