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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)

in gear in gear British & World English

With a gear engaged

gear down in gear British & World English

Change to a lower gear

gear up in gear British & World English

Equip or prepare oneself

change gear in gear British & World English

Adopt a different approach to a situation or task

gearbox British & World English

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

out of gear in gear British & World English

With no gear engaged

gear something for/to/towards in gear British & World English

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

gear someone/thing up in gear British & World English

Adapt or equip someone or something for a purpose

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


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