gear
Pronunciation
  • (British) enPR: gîr, IPA: /ɡɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR: gîr, IPA: /ɡɪɚ/
Noun

gear

  1. (uncountable) Equipment or paraphernalia, especially that used for an athletic endeavor.
  2. Clothing; garments.
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  3. (obsolete) Goods; property; household items.
    • Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales)
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  4. (countable) A wheel with grooves (teeth) engraved on the outer circumference, such that two such devices can interlock and convey motion from one to the other; a gear wheel.
    Synonyms: cog, cogwheel, gearwheel
  5. (countable, automotive, cycling) A particular combination or choice of interlocking gears, such that a particular gear ratio is achieved.
  6. (countable, automotive) A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque.
  7. (slang) Recreational drugs, including steroids.
    • 2003, Marianne Hancock, Looking for Oliver (page 90)
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  8. (uncountable, archaic) Stuff.
    • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book III, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 113:
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  9. (obsolete) Business matters; affairs; concern.
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  10. (obsolete, UK, dialect) Anything worthless; nonsense; rubbish.
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Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

gear (gears, present participle gearing; past and past participle geared)

  1. (engineering, transitive) To provide with gearing; to fit with gears in order to achieve a desired gear ratio.
  2. (engineering, intransitive) To be in, or come into, gear.
  3. To dress; to put gear on; to harness.
  4. (usually with to or toward(s)) To design or devise (something) so as to be suitable (for a particular type of person or a particular purpose).
    This shop is not really geared towards people of our age.
    They have geared the hotel mainly at tourists.
  5. (finance) To borrow money in order to invest it in assets.
Translations Adjective

gear

  1. (mostly, Scouse) great or fantastic



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