Hypertext Webster Gateway: "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[=i],
garw[=i] 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Gear \Gear\, v. i. (Mach.)
To be in, or come into, gear.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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:
{gear mechanism}]
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}]

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