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English Dictionary: Gear by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): gearing, gear, geartrain, power train, train
  3. a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
    Synonym(s): gear, gear mechanism
  4. equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    Synonym(s): gear, paraphernalia, appurtenance
  1. set the level or character of; "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
    Synonym(s): gear, pitch
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gear \Gear\, v. i. (Mach.)
      To be in, or come into, gear.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gear \Gear\, n. [OE. gere, ger, AS. gearwe clothing, adornment,
      armor, fr. gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. garaw[c6],
      garw[c6] ornament, dress. See {Yare}, and cf. {Garb} dress.]
      1. Clothing; garments; ornaments.
                     Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear. --Spenser.
      2. Goods; property; household stuff. --Chaucer.
                     Homely gear and common ware.               --Robynson
      3. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff
            or material.
                     Clad in a vesture of unknown gear.      --Spenser.
      4. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.
      5. Warlike accouterments. [Scot.] --Jamieson.
      6. Manner; custom; behavior. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
      7. Business matters; affairs; concern. [Obs.]
                     Thus go they both together to their gear. --Spenser.
      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.
      9. pl. (Naut.) See 1st {Jeer}
            (b) .
      10. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish. [Obs. or
            Prov. Eng.] --Wright.
                     That servant of his that confessed and uttered this
                     gear was an honest man.                     --Latimer.
      {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, [or] out of}, {gear} (Mach.), to connect or
            disconnect (wheelwork or couplings, etc.); to put in, or
            out of, working relation.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gear \Gear\v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Geared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To dress; to put gear on; to harness.
      2. (Mach.) To provide with gearing.
      {Double geared}, driven through twofold compound gearing, to
            increase the force or speed; -- said of a machine.
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