• WordNet 3.6
    • v gear set the level or character of "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
    • n gear a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
    • n gear equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    • n gear a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
    • n gear wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed "the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Beighton's Valve Gear Beighton's Valve Gear
Albion Mills Engine Valve Gear Albion Mills Engine Valve Gear
Stephenson Valve Gear Stephenson Valve Gear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gear (Mech) A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear ; also, toothed wheels, collectively.
    • Gear (Mech) An apparatus for performing a special function; gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe.
    • Gear Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish. "That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man."
    • Gear Business matters; affairs; concern. "Thus go they both together to their gear ."
    • Gear Clothing; garments; ornaments. "Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear ."
    • Gear (Mech) Engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out of gear.
    • Gear Goods; property; household stuff. "Homely gear and common ware."
    • Gear Manner; custom; behavior.
    • Gear (Naut) See 1st Jeer.
    • Gear The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.
    • Gear To adapt toward some specific purpose; as, they geared their advertising for maximum effect among teenagers.
    • v. i Gear (Mach) To be in, or come into, gear.
    • Gear To dress; to put gear on; to harness.
    • Gear (Mach) To provide with gearing.
    • Gear Warlike accouterments.
    • Gear Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material. "Clad in a vesture of unknown gear ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gear A state of preparation or fitness; a suitable or fitting condition: as, to be out of gear; to bring anything into gear.
    • n gear Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material; hence, habit; dress; ornaments; armor.
    • n gear Any special set of things forming essential parts or appurtenances, or utilized for or connected with some special act, occupation, etc.: as, hunting-gear. Specifically— The harness or furniture of working animals; whatever is used in equipping horses or cattle for draft or other use; tackle.
    • n gear Naut.. the ropes, blocks, etc., belonging to any particular sail or spar: as, the mainsail-gear, the foretop-mast-gear.
    • n gear In machinery, the appliances or furnishings connected with the acting parts of any piece of mechanism: as, expansion-gear, valve-gear. More particularly— Toothed wheels collectively. The connection of toothed wheels with each other; gearing: as, to throw machinery into or out of gear.
    • n gear A coal-miners' set of tools.
    • n gear plural In coal-mining, staging and rails for shipping coal on wharves.
    • n gear Goods; property in general.
    • n gear A matter; an affair; affairs collectively.
    • n gear Ordinary manner; behavior; custom; practice.
    • gear To put into gear; prepare for operation; fit with gear or gearing: as, to gear up a wagon; to gear a machine or an engine.
    • gear In machinery, to fit into another part, as one part of gearing into another. See gearing.
    • n gear The diameter of an imaginary wheel whose circumference is equal to the distance traversed by a safety-bicycle during a single revolution of the pedals: as, a 72-inch gear.
    • n gear A toothed wheel in which the axial lines of any one tooth are made up of two helical lines of equal pitch, one right-handed and one left-handed, which meet at the center of the face or breadth of the toothed surface. Such gears are called herring-bone gears, from the V-shape which each tooth receives. In this latter form they can only be used when the shafts are parallel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gear gēr a state of preparation: dress: harness: tackle: :
    • v.t Gear to put in gear, as machinery
    • n Gear gēr (mech.) connection by means of toothed wheels
    • n Gear gēr (obs.) a matter, affair
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  • C. O. Jackson
    C. O. Jackson
    “Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.”
  • Barbara Johnson
    Barbara Johnson
    “Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Keep your mouth closed until your mind is in gear.”
  • C. C. Phelps
    C. C. Phelps
    “There is danger when a man throws his tongue into high gear before he gets his brain a-going.”


Grinds my gear - Something that is very annoying grinds your gear.
In high gear - (USA) If something is in high gear, it is in a quick-paced mode. If someone is in high gear, they are feverishly on the fast track.
Kick into gear - If something kicks into gear, it gets going or started.
Move up a gear - If you move up a gear, you start to perform in a clearly better way, especially in sport.
Step up a gear - If you step up a gear, you perform noticeably better, especially in sport.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gere, ger, AS. gearwe, clothing, adornment, armor, fr. gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. garawī, garwī, ornament, dress. See Yare, and cf. Garb dress
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. gere, prob. Ice. gervi; cf. A.S. gearwe, Old High Ger. garawi, Eng. yare and gar, v.


In literature:

In less than an hour they were jogging along the road at pretty lively gait for their slow-geared outfit.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
It coughed and spluttered on a powerful, old-fashioned low gear, while its engine throbbed like a weary heart.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
If you have to be endlessly speculating, watching, and making mental notes, your brain-gears soon get a hot box.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Ezekiel Gear of Galena.
"Old Fort Snelling" by Marcus L. Hansen
Prithee, let such gear a-be.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Their saddle-cloths and saddles were richly worked, and the head-gear of their horses was adorned with gay tassels.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
I shall give thee thy gear and thy wedding-feast.
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
He was returning for the remainder of the boat's gear, when he met Eban with it on his shoulders.
"Michael Penguyne" by William H. G. Kingston
If it be not wicked to say the same," added she timidly, "I would God were not angered with us for such like small gear.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
The spindles are fitted with self-acting motions O 1 and O 2, which are easily thrown in and out of gear.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose

In poetry:

"God bless ye, frien'," the guid man said,
"Sae muckle gear afore
Has seldom lain within my luif,
Or yet within my door."
"Ballad of The Monkland Cottar" by Janet Hamilton
"Would I not give my gold and gear,
Yea, unto seven times seven,
So I might hope to grasp again
My comrade's hand in heaven?"
"The Comrade" by Cicely Fox Smith
Now Jamie Telfer's heart was sair,
The tear aye rowing in his e'e;
He pled wi' the captain to hae his gear,
Or else revenged he wad be.
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
And who did pay for all this geare,
That thou didst spend when pleased thee,
Even I that am rejected here
And thou disdainst to love me.
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
Lord Hafbur lets his hair wax long,
And will have the gear of mays,
And he rideth to King Siward’s house
And will well learn weaving ways.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
O what are they doing with all that gear,
What are they doing this morning, morning?
Only their usual manoeuvres, dear,
Or perhaps a warning.
"O What Is That Sound" by W H Auden

In news:

Oklahoma State University engineering students geared up for the 12th Annual Chem-E-Car Competition at Wes Watkins Center Tuesday afternoon.
Flux Pavillion's Santa Monica Dubstep Show Greeted By Police In Riot Gear.
'A Chorus Line ' Kicks Into High Gear at Plummer Auditorium.
The re-vamped location provides shoppers with two levels of designer gear, a VIP area and even a custom fireplace.
The gear and trailer belonged to Boy Scout Troop 127.
NASSAU'S Republican and Democratic leaders are already gearing up for what promises to be the mother of all town political campaigns on Long Island, although they do not know yet exactly when this year the election will be.
Campaigns are moving into high gear, the big dollars are flowing, and candidates are pulling out the stops — in one race, even resorting to competing music videos.
Both vehicles inherit the Honda hallmark of a gear selector that slips from fifth to fourth where the detent starts.
Almost two months after an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, shortages of government-required protective gear and cleaning equipment are slowing work to remove the sticky mess and keep beaches along the coast safe and oil-free.
Brazil is gearing up to host the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
BBC's 'Top Gear' Clocked at 220.5mph on America's Fastest Road.
When SH130 in Austin, Texas opened last Tuesday – with the fastest speed limit in the western hemisphere – the guys from BBC's Top Gear were there to see just how fast they could go on the new toll road.
"Gearing Up for Governor Tom," Kenny Be, August 5.
New clothing store geared toward (w)hole kid.
The legislative process is gearing up for a big finish as hundreds of bills made it by the crossover deadline between the two chambers.

In science:

Since researchers in so many disparate fields are involved, this review is geared towards the non-expert/advanced graduate level, with descriptions of both theoretical frameworks and experimental/observational approaches.
Modern tests of Lorentz invariance
Pan-Starrs is gearing up for a two order of magnitude increase over this area, within the next five years.
Seeing the Nature of the Accelerating Physics: It's a SNAP
See Jones for an introduction geared towards those new to NMR Quantum Computing. 5 In particular see where Knill, Laflamme, and Zurek justified the idea of an error location for the purpose of quantum error correction.
Fault Models for Quantum Mechanical Switching Networks
These fundamental domains are geared towards the detailed study of the spectral theory of X and the embedded subspace XR = ΓZ \GR/KR .
A fundamental domain of Ford type for $SO(3,Z[i])\backslash SO(3,C)/SO(3)$, and for $SO(2,1)_Z\backslash SO(2,1)/SO(2)$
These fundamental domains are geared towards the detailed study of the spectral theory of X and the embedded subspace XR = ΓZ \GR /KR .
A fundamental domain of Ford type for $SO(3,Z[i])\backslash SO(3,C)/SO(3)$, and for $SO(2,1)_Z\backslash SO(2,1)/SO(2)$