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gear British & World English

A toothed wheel that works with others to alter the relation between the speed of a driving mechanism (such as the engine of a vehicle) and the speed of the driven parts (the wheels)

gear English Thesaurus

he dropped out of the race with damaged gears

gears in gear British & World English

A toothed wheel that works with others to alter the relation between the speed of a driving mechanism (such as the engine of a vehicle) and the speed of the driven parts (the wheels)

in gear British & World English

With a gear engaged

gear up British & World English

Equip or prepare oneself

gear down British & World English

Change to a lower gear

high gear British & World English

A gear that causes a wheeled vehicle to move fast, due to a high ratio between the speed of the wheels and that of the mechanism driving them

low gear British & World English

A gear that causes a wheeled vehicle to move slowly, due to a low ratio between the speed of the wheels and that of the mechanism driving them

riot gear British & World English

Protective clothing and equipment worn by police or prison officers in situations of crowd violence

skew gear British & World English

A gear consisting of two cogwheels having non-parallel, non-intersecting axes

spur gear British & World English

A gearwheel with teeth projecting parallel to the wheel’s axis

worm gear British & World English

A mechanical arrangement consisting of a toothed wheel worked by a short revolving cylinder (worm) bearing a screw thread

bevel gear British & World English

A gear working another gear at an angle to it by means of bevel wheels

chain gear British & World English

A gear transmitting motion by means of a moving endless chain, especially in a bicycle

first gear British & World English

The lowest in a set of gears on a vehicle, used when travelling very slowly

change gear British & World English

Adopt a different approach to a situation or task

gear change British & World English

A mechanism which changes gear on a motor vehicle

gear lever British & World English

A lever used to engage or change gear in a motor vehicle

gear ratio British & World English

(In a gearbox, transmission, etc.) the ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate

gear train British & World English

A system of gears which transmits motion from one shaft to another

granny gear British & World English

The lowest gear on a bicycle

screw gear British & World English

A gear consisting of an endless screw with a cogwheel or pinion

snivel gear British & World English

The items carried by a soldier for personal comfort in inclement weather

valve gear British & World English

The mechanism that controls the opening and closing of the cylinder valves in a steam engine or internal-combustion engine

landing gear British & World English

The undercarriage of an aircraft

reverse gear British & World English

A gear used to make a vehicle or piece of machinery move or work backwards

running gear British & World English

The moving parts of a machine, especially the wheels, steering, and suspension of a vehicle

out of gear British & World English

With no gear engaged

planetary gear British & World English

Another term for planet gear.

reduction gear British & World English

A system of gearwheels in which the driven shaft rotates more slowly than the driving shaft

sun-and-planet gear British & World English

A system of gearwheels consisting of a central wheel (a sun gear or sun wheel) around which one or more outer wheels (planet gears or planet wheels) travel

gear someone/thing up British & World English

Adapt or equip someone or something for a purpose

gear something for/to/towards British & World English

Adapt something to make it suitable for (someone or something)

gearbox British & World English

A set of gears with its casing, especially in a motor vehicle; the transmission

gearhead British & World English

A person who is very enthusiastic about new gadgets

gearwheel British & World English

A toothed wheel in a set of gears

hypoid British & World English

A bevel wheel with teeth engaging with a spiral pinion mounted at right angles to the wheel’s axis, used to connect non-intersecting shafts in vehicle transmissions and other mechanisms

hypoid gear in hypoid British & World English

A bevel wheel with teeth engaging with a spiral pinion mounted at right angles to the wheel’s axis, used to connect non-intersecting shafts in vehicle transmissions and other mechanisms

switchgear British & World English

Switching equipment used in the transmission of electricity

sun gear in sun-and-planet gear British & World English

A system of gearwheels consisting of a central wheel (a sun gear or sun wheel) around which one or more outer wheels (planet gears or planet wheels) travel

gear up in gear English Thesaurus

we are all gearing up for the start of a new season

differential gear in differential British & World English

A gear allowing a vehicle’s driven wheels to revolve at different speeds in cornering

change or switch or shift gear in gear British & World English

Adopt a different approach to a situation or task

gear oneself up in gear English Thesaurus

the band are gearing themselves up for a massive party


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