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Definition 1: a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for gear in the sense of this definition

(gear is a kind of ...) a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)

(... is a kind of gear ) gears that mesh at an angle

(... is a kind of gear ) gear consisting of a shaft with screw thread (the worm) that meshes with a toothed wheel (the worm wheel); changes the direction of the axis of rotary motion

(... is a kind of gear ) the central gear in an epicyclic train

(... is a kind of gear ) gear wheels that mesh in the same plane

(... is a kind of gear ) a wheel gear (the pinion) meshes with a toothed rack; converts rotary to reciprocating motion (and vice versa)

(... is a kind of gear ) an outer gear that revolves about a central sun gear of an epicyclic train

(... is a kind of gear ) a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack

(... is a kind of gear ) gear that engages a rocking lever

(... is a kind of gear ) gear with the thread of a worm

(gear is a part of ...) one of a number of uniform projections on a gear

(gear is a part of ...) tooth on the rim of gear wheel

Definition 2: equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc. - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for gear in the sense of this definition

(gear is a kind of ...) an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service

(... is a kind of gear ) gear used in fishing

(... is a kind of gear ) gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose

(... is a kind of gear ) paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office)

(... is a kind of gear ) gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise

(... is a kind of gear ) gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails

(... is a kind of gear ) gear for a horse

Definition 3: wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where gear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain

Synonyms for gear in the sense of this definition

(gear is a kind of ...) mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine (especially a train of gears)

(... is a kind of gear ) a system of epicyclic gears in which at least one wheel axis itself revolves about another fixed axis

(... is a kind of gear ) gearing that reduces an input speed to a slower output speed

(... is part of gear) motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work

Definition 4: a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle) - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for gear in the sense of this definition

(gear is a kind of ...) device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

(... is a kind of gear ) the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

(... is a kind of gear ) the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box of a motor vehicle

"you shouldn't try to start in third gear"

(... is a kind of gear ) a gear that couples the steering wheel to the steering linkage of a motor vehicle

(... is a kind of gear ) the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle

"he had to shift down into second to make the hill"

(... is a kind of gear ) the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed

(... is a kind of gear ) a gear position that acts as a parking brake

"the put the car in park and got out"

(... is a kind of gear ) a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed

(... is a kind of gear ) a set of gears

(... is a kind of gear ) the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle

Definition 5: set the level or character of - [verb of change]

Samples where gear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience

Synonyms for gear in the sense of this definition

(gear is a kind of ...) make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

"Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"

(... is a kind of gear ) make understandable to the general public

"Carl Sagan popularized cosmology in his books"

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