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GEAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gear mean? 

GEAR (noun)
  The noun GEAR has 4 senses:

1. a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
2. wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
3. a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
4. equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

  Familiarity information: GEAR used as a noun is uncommon.


GEAR (verb)
  The verb GEAR has 1 sense:

1. set the level or character of

  Familiarity information: GEAR used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GEAR (noun)


Sense 1gear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cogwheel; gear; gear wheel; geared wheel

Hypernyms ("gear" is a kind of...):

wheel (a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines))

Meronyms (parts of "gear"):

cog; sprocket (tooth on the rim of gear wheel)

tooth (one of a number of uniform projections on a gear)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gear"):

bevel gear; pinion and crown wheel; pinion and ring gear (gears that mesh at an angle)

worm wheel (gear with the thread of a worm)

worm gear (gear consisting of a shaft with screw thread (the worm) that meshes with a toothed wheel (the worm wheel); changes the direction of the axis of rotary motion)

sun gear (the central gear in a epicyclic train)

spur gear; spur wheel (gear wheels that mesh in the same plane)

rack and pinion (a wheel gear (the pinion) meshes with a toothed rack; converts rotary to reciprocating motion (and vice versa))

epicyclic gear; planet gear; planet wheel; planetary gear (an outer gear that revolves about a central sun gear of an epicyclic train)

pinion (a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack)

escape wheel (gear that engages a rocking lever)


Sense 2gear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gearing; geartrain; power train; gear; train

Context example:

the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain

Hypernyms ("gear" is a kind of...):

wheelwork (mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine (especially a train of gears))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gear"):

epicyclic gear train; epicyclic train (a system of epicyclic gears in which at least one wheel axis itself revolves about another fixed axis)

reduction gear (gearing that reduces an input speed to a slower output speed)

Holonyms ("gear" is a part of...):

engine (motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work)


Sense 3gear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gear mechanism; gear

Hypernyms ("gear" is a kind of...):

mechanism (device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gear"):

transmission; transmission system (the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle)

third; third gear (the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box of a motor vehicle)

steering gear (a gear that couples the steering wheel to the steering linkage of a motor vehicle)

second; second gear (the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle)

reverse (the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed)

park (a gear position that acts as a parking brake)

high; high gear (a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed)

gearset (a set of gears)

first; first gear; low; low gear (the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving)


Sense 4gear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

appurtenance; paraphernalia; gear

Hypernyms ("gear" is a kind of...):

equipment (an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gear"):

saddlery; stable gear; tack (gear for a horse)

rigging; tackle (gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails)

rig (gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise)

regalia (paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office))

kit; outfit (gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose)

fishing gear; fishing rig; fishing tackle; rig; tackle (gear used in fishing)


GEAR (verb)


Sense 1gear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set the level or character of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

gear; pitch

Context example:

She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience

Hypernyms (to "gear" is one way to...):

accommodate; adapt (make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "gear"):

popularise; popularize (make understandable to the general public)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something to somebody


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