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NOUN (4)

1. a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion;
[syn: gear, gear wheel, geared wheel, cogwheel]

2. wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed;
- Example: "the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain"
[syn: gearing, gear, geartrain, power train, train]

3. a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle);
[syn: gear, gear mechanism]

4. equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.;
[syn: gear, paraphernalia, appurtenance]


VERB (1)

1. set the level or character of;
- Example: "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
[syn: gear, pitch]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gear \Gear\, v. i. (Mach.) To be in, or come into, gear. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gear \Gear\ (g[=e]r), n. [OE. gere, ger, AS. gearwe clothing, adornment, armor, fr. gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. garaw[imac], garw[imac] ornament, dress. See Yare, and cf. Garb dress.] 1. Clothing; garments; ornaments. [1913 Webster] Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Goods; property; household stuff. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Homely gear and common ware. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] 3. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material. [1913 Webster] Clad in a vesture of unknown gear. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 4. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping. [1913 Webster] 5. Warlike accouterments. [Scot.] --Jamieson. [1913 Webster] 6. Manner; custom; behavior. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 7. Business matters; affairs; concern. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thus go they both together to their gear. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mech.) (a) A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively. (b) An apparatus for performing a special function; gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe. (c) Engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out of gear. [1913 Webster] 9. pl. (Naut.) See 1st Jeer (b) . [1913 Webster] 10. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Wright. [1913 Webster] That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man. --Latimer. [1913 Webster] Bever gear. See Bevel gear. Core gear, a mortise gear, or its skeleton. See Mortise wheel, under Mortise. Expansion gear (Steam Engine), the arrangement of parts for cutting off steam at a certain part of the stroke, so as to leave it to act upon the piston expansively; the cut-off. See under Expansion. Feed gear. See Feed motion, under Feed, n. Gear cutter, a machine or tool for forming the teeth of gear wheels by cutting. Gear wheel, any cogwheel. Running gear. See under Running. To throw in gear or To throw out of gear (Mach.), to connect or disconnect (wheelwork or couplings, etc.); to put in, or out of, working relation. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gear \Gear\ (g[=e]r) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Geared (g[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Gearing.] 1. To dress; to put gear on; to harness. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mach.) To provide with gearing. [1913 Webster] 3. To adapt toward some specific purpose; as, they geared their advertising for maximum effect among teenagers. [PJC] Double geared, driven through twofold compound gearing, to increase the force or speed; -- said of a machine. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gear n 1: a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion [syn: gear, gear wheel, geared wheel, cogwheel] 2: wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed; "the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain" [syn: gearing, gear, geartrain, power train, train] 3: a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle) [syn: gear, gear mechanism] 4: equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc. [syn: gear, paraphernalia, appurtenance] v 1: set the level or character of; "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience" [syn: gear, pitch]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

166 Moby Thesaurus words for "gear": Hydromatic, accessories, accommodate, accouter, accouterments, action, adapt, adjust, apparatus, apparel, appendages, appliances, appoint, appointments, appurtenances, arm, armament, array, attire, automatic transmission, bag and baggage, baggage, bedizenment, belongings, chattels, clobber, clockworks, clothes, clothing, cog, cogwheel, conveniences, cordage, cording, costume, differential, differential gear, drapery, dress, dressing, drive train, duds, duffel, dunnage, effects, equip, equipage, equipment, facilities, facility, fashion, fatigues, feathers, fig, fit, fit out, fit up, fittings, fixtures, freewheel, furnish, furnishings, furniture, garb, garments, gear train, gearbox, gearing, gearshift, gearwheel, goods, guise, habiliment, habiliments, habit, heel, high, impedimenta, implements, innards, installations, intermediate, investiture, investment, junk, kit, linen, livery, low, luggage, machinery, man, materials, materiel, means, mechanism, motion, movement, movements, munition, munitions, neutral, outfit, overdrive, panoply, paraphernalia, plant, plumbing, possessions, power train, prepare, rack, rags, raiment, regalia, reverse, rig, rig out, rig up, rigging, robes, ropework, roping, running rigging, service, serving, servomechanism, shit, sportswear, staff, standard transmission, standing rigging, stick shift, stock-in-trade, stuff, style, suit, supplies, synchromesh, tack, tackle, tackling, tailor, things, threads, togs, toilette, tools, transmission, trappings, traps, trim, turn out, uniform, utensils, vestment, vestments, vesture, watchworks, wear, wearing apparel, wheels, wheels within wheels, whipping, workings, works