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Definitions of gear

  1. equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
  2. a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
  3. set the level or character of; " She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
  4. a mechanism for transmitting motion by gears for some specific purpose ( as the steering gear of a vehicle)
  5. Clothing; garments; ornaments.
  6. Goods; property; household stuff.
  7. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material.
  8. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.
  9. Warlike accouterments.
  10. Manner; custom; behavior.
  11. Business matters; affairs; concern.
  12. A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively.
  13. An apparatus for performing a special function; gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe.
  14. Engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out of gear.
  15. See 1st Jeer ( b).
  16. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish.
  17. To dress; to put gear on; to harness.
  18. To provide with gearing.
  19. To be in, or come into, gear.
  20. Clothing; garments; ornaments; apparatus; tackle; harness; dress; a toothed wheel; adjustment of parts to each other; as, out of gear.
  21. To put cogs or teeth on; harness; dress.
  22. Dress: harness: tackle: ( mech.) connection by means of toothed wheels.
  23. To put in gear, as machinery.
  24. Dress; harness; tackle.
  25. To put in gear; to harness.
  26. To equip; make ready; put into gear.
  27. To come into or be in gear.
  28. Any set of appliances, as of cog wheels, serving to transmit motion; a cog wheel.
  29. Equipment, as dress tools, etc.
  30. Apparatus; harness; tackle; dress; accoutrements; goods or riches; the blocks, ropes, & c., belonging to any particular spar or sail; mechanical appliances; toothed wheels; a connexion by means of them.
  31. To dress; to put on gear; to harness. To throw machinery into or out of gear, to arrange or disarrange wheelwork or couplings.
  32. Accountrements; harness; tackle; dress; ornaments; goods.
  33. To dress; to harness.
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Usage examples for gear

  1. So anxious was he to take me in house that he scarcely allowed me time to go down to the Front and look at the sea and at the boats lying among a litter of nets and gear the length of the sunny beach. – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  2. Fences had been carried away; crops beaten down; and huge logs lay about, with here and there bits of furniture, houses, and farm- gear. – A Boy's Voyage Round the World by The Son of Samuel Smiles
  3. As he spoke Percivale had continued packing his gear. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  4. When all was in readiness, they loaded their gear aboard the Water Witch, including the spare tanks. – The Wailing Octopus by Harold Leland Goodwin
  5. Sink me, but we've a job bending gear. – Mr. Trunnell by T. Jenkins Hains
  6. Yarrow found this to result in too much broken steering gear, and the firm's boats now have smaller rudders, which enable them to turn in a larger circle. – Last Words by Stephen Crane
  7. But Rupert is in high gear, and goin' stronger all the while; so Mr. Ellins just stands there and listens. – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  8. Captain Len Guy made me a sign, meaning that nothing serious was to be got out of this poor fellow, whose mental faculties must have been out of gear for a long time. – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  9. It is evident that both the body and the head have been lifted as the club has been swung up, and the whole arrangement is thus thrown out of gear. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  10. Then one fellow leaned over and whispered, through his heavy dark head- gear, to his companion nearest him, " Wonder if he'll fall in, too?" – The Nightrider's Feud by Walter C. McConnell
  11. He was said to be the cleverest of the family, and the old man was fond of him, and proud of him too, but he was very hard to part with the gear. – Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence
  12. The horses I kept, but all the rest of the gear, together with the premises, the ground on which the house had stood, and the other property I made over to William, my man, who promised me to pay me their value when he could earn it in better times. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  13. Back of this mound of gear, against the wall, stood the air reconditioner, humming quietly to itself. – The Risk Profession by Donald Edwin Westlake
  14. I suppose he put on his gear all in a year or two? – Red Fleece by Will Levington Comfort
  15. When I reached home poor Helen was so out of gear that she hadn't told a soul of my escape. – The Bartlett Mystery by Louis Tracy
  16. In ten minutes the Swash was under her topsail, mainsail and jib, with her light sails hanging in the gear, and all the steering canvas in. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. He ran then down the path to the beach, to where, well up under the protection of the low bluff and away from the reach of the highest tide, old Gaston stored his boats and fishing gear. – The Belovéd Traitor by Frank L. Packard
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