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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gear \Gear\ (g[=e]r) verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Geared} (g[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gearing}.]

1. To dress; to put gear on; to harness.

2. (Mach.) To provide with gearing.

3. To adapt toward some specific purpose; as, they geared their advertising for maximum effect among teenagers. [PJC]

{Double geared}, driven through twofold compound gearing, to increase the force or speed; -- said of a machine.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gear \Gear\ (g[=e]r), noun [OE. gere, ger, AS. gearwe clothing, adornment, armor, fr. gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. garaw[imac], garw[imac] ornament, dress. See {Yare}, and cf. {Garb} dress.]

1. Clothing; garments; ornaments.

Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear. --Spenser.

2. Goods; property; household stuff. --Chaucer.

Homely gear and common ware. --Robynson (More's Utopia).

3. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material.

Clad in a vesture of unknown gear. --Spenser.

4. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.

5. Warlike accouterments. [Scot.] --Jamieson.

6. Manner; custom; behavior. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

7. Business matters; affairs; concern. [Obs.]

Thus go they both together to their gear. --Spenser.

8. (Mech.) (a) A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively. (b) An apparatus for performing a special function; gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe. (c) Engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out of gear.

9. pl. (Naut.) See 1st {Jeer} (b) .

10. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Wright.

That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man. --Latimer.

{Bever gear}. See {Bevel gear}.

{Core gear}, a mortise gear, or its skeleton. See {Mortise wheel}, under {Mortise}.

{Expansion gear} (Steam Engine), the arrangement of parts for cutting off steam at a certain part of the stroke, so as to leave it to act upon the piston expansively; the cut-off. See under {Expansion}.

{Feed gear}. See {Feed motion}, under {Feed}, noun

{Gear cutter}, a machine or tool for forming the teeth of gear wheels by cutting.

{Gear wheel}, any cogwheel.

{Running gear}. See under {Running}.

{To throw in gear} or {To throw out of gear} (Mach.), to connect or disconnect (wheelwork or couplings, etc.); to put in, or out of, working relation.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gear \Gear\, verb (used without an object) (Mach.) To be in, or come into, gear.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion [syn: {gear}, {gear wheel}, {geared wheel}, {cogwheel}]

2: 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" [syn: {gearing}, {gear}, {geartrain}, {power train}, {train}]

3: a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle) [syn: {gear}, {gear mechanism}]

4: equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc. [syn: {gear}, {paraphernalia}, {appurtenance}]


1: set the level or character of; "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience" [syn: {gear}, {pitch}]

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