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gearing

Line breaks: gear|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪərɪŋ
 
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Definition of gearing in English:

noun

1The set or arrangement of gears in a machine: the mill’s internal waterwheel and gearing survive
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  • That involvement is demonstrated by several surviving sets of Jefferson's calculations concerning the gearing of the machine and by its conversion to a portable machine.
  • The waterwheel shaft and main gearing are well below the first floor of the mill.
  • The water mill, here nestled in a deep valley, is driven by a large, undershot, vertical waterwheel and right-angle gearing.
2British The ratio of a company’s loan capital (debt) to the value of its ordinary shares (equity): the firm expects its gearing to rise to 20 per cent
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  • However the company could do with shedding a few extra pounds of debt, as its gearing is a hefty 310%.
  • The remaining £445m will go to paying off debts, thus reducing gearing to a healthier 33%.
  • According to him, investment mortgages can be raised in Ireland, Britain and elsewhere, depending on the mix of equity and gearing that is required by the individual investor.

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