1. Clothing; garments; ornaments.
Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear. --Spenser.
2. Goods; property; household stuff.
Homely gear and common ware. --Robynson (More's Utopia).
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.]
6. Manner; custom; behavior. [Obs.]
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.]
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 gear or To throw out of gear Mach., to connect or disconnect (wheelwork or couplings, etc.); to put in, or out of, working relation.
Gear v. t. [imp. & p. p. Geared p. pr. & vb. n. Gearing.]
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.
Gear, v. i. Mach. To be in, or come into, gear.
n 1: a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in
order to change the speed or direction of transmitted
motion [syn: gear wheel, cogwheel]
2: a mechanism for transmitting motion by gears for some
specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle) [syn:
3: equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a
particular operation or sport etc. [syn: paraphernalia,
v : set the level or character of; "She pitched her speech to
the teenagers in the audience" [syn: pitch]