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gear

gear

 
pronunciation:
gir
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
gear up
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a mechanical part that transmits, and may change, motion from another part by means of interlocking teeth on the two moving parts.
Adjacent gears turn in opposite directions.
 
definition 2: a collection of such gears that acts as a unit in a machine.
definition 3: a standard or functional arrangement of a collection of such gears, esp. in a vehicle.
She put the truck in low gear going down the hill.He shifted into second gear.
definition 4: any equipment, clothes, or the like used for some particular purpose.
This closet is for his hunting gear.
 
similar words:
equipment, outfit, paraphernalia, rig
definition 5: the ropes, blocks, and the like that constitute a sailing ship's rigging.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: geared, gearing, gears
definition 1: to suit or adapt to particular people or conditions.
The author geared the novel to teenagers.
similar words:
key, orient
definition 2: to furnish with or connect by gears.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be or come to be in an optimal or functional state, as gears.
phrase: gear up
derivation: gearless (adj.)
Word Builder: gear +
  • gearshift:
    a part in a car for changing from one gear to another.
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