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Noun: gear  geer
  1. A toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
    - gear wheel, geared wheel, cogwheel
     
  2. Wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted, motion or torque is changed
    "the fool got his tie caught in the gear";
    - gearing, geartrain, power train, train, drivetrain
     
  3. A mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
    - gear mechanism
     
  4. Equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    - paraphernalia, appurtenance
     
  5. [informal] Clothing in general
    - apparel, wearing apparel, dress, clothes, toggery [informal]
     
  6. [informal] Illegal drugs
Verb: gear  geer
  1. Set the level or character of
    "She geared her speech to the teenagers in the audience";
    - pitch
     
  2. Adjust gears in order to achieve a desired speed

Derived forms: gearing, geared, gears

Type of: accommodate, adapt, article of clothing, clothing, duds [informal], equipment, habiliment [archaic], mechanism, threads [informal], togs [informal], vesture, wear, wearable, wheel, wheelwork

Part of: engine

Encyclopedia: Gear, Michael