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English noun: gear

1. gear (artifact) a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion

Synonymscogwheel, gear wheel, geared wheel

Broader (hypernym)wheel

Narrower (hyponym)bevel gear, epicyclic gear, escape wheel, pinion, pinion and crown wheel, pinion and ring gear, planet gear, planet wheel, planetary gear, rack and pinion, spur gear, spur wheel, sun gear, worm gear, worm wheel

Part holonymcog, sprocket, tooth

2. gear (artifact) wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed

SamplesThe fool got his tie caught in the geartrain.

Synonymsgearing, geartrain, power train, train

Broader (hypernym)wheelwork

Narrower (hyponym)epicyclic gear train, epicyclic train, reduction gear

Part meronymengine

3. gear (artifact) a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

Synonymsgear mechanism

Broader (hypernym)mechanism

Narrower (hyponym)first, first gear, gearset, high, high gear, low, low gear, park, reverse, reverse gear, second, second gear, steering gear, third, third gear, transmission, transmission system

4. gear (artifact) equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

Synonymsappurtenance, paraphernalia

Broader (hypernym)equipment

Narrower (hyponym)fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, kit, outfit, regalia, rig, rig, rigging, saddlery, stable gear, tack, tackle, tackle

English verb: gear

1. gear (change) set the level or character of

SamplesShe pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)accommodate, adapt

Narrower (hyponym)popularise, popularize

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