gear

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From Old Norse gervi.

Noun[edit]

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gear (countable and uncountable, plural gears)

  1. (uncountable) equipment or paraphernalia, especially that used for an athletic endeavor.
  2. Clothing; garments.
    • Spenser
      Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear.
  3. (obsolete) Goods; property; household items.
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    • Robynson (More's Utopia)
      Homely gear and common ware.
  4. (countable) a wheel with grooves (teeth) engraved on the outer circumference, such that two such devices can interlock and convey motion from one to the other.
  5. (countable) a particular combination or choice of interlocking gears, such that a particular gear ratio is achieved.
  6. (countable) A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque
  7. (slang) recreational drugs
    • 2003, Marianne Hancock, Looking for Oliver (page 90)
      Have you got any gear? Dominic, have you got any acid?
  8. (uncountable, archaic) stuff.
    • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book III, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 113:
      "When he was digged up, which was in the presence of the Magistracy of the Town, his body was found entire, not at all putrid, no ill smell about him, saving the mustiness of the grave-Clothes, his joynts limber and flexible, as in those that are alive, his skin only flaccid, but a more fresh grown in the room of it, the wound of his throat gaping, but no gear nor corruption in it; there was also observed a Magical mark in the great toe of his right foot, viz. an Excrescency in the form of a Rose."
  9. (obsolete) Business matters; affairs; concern.
    • Spenser
      Thus go they both together to their gear.
  10. (obsolete, UK, dialect) Anything worthless; nonsense; rubbish.
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    • Latimer
      That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man.

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gear (third-person singular simple present gears, present participle gearing, simple past and past participle geared)

  1. (engineering, transitive) To provide with gearing; to fit with gears in order to achieve a desired gear ratio.
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  1. (engineering, intransitive) To be in, or come into, gear.
  2. to dress; to put gear on; to harness.

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gear (comparative more gear, superlative most gear)

  1. (mostly British (Scouse)) great or fantastic

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish gér.

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gear

  1. sharp, keen
  2. sour, acid

Old English[edit]

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From Proto-Germanic *jērą, from Proto-Indo-European *yōr- < *yeh₁r-. Cognate with Old Frisian jēr (West Frisian jier), Old Saxon jār (Middle Low German jâr), Dutch jaar, Old High German jār (German Jahr), Old Norse ár (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish år, Icelandic/Faroese ár), Gothic 𐌾𐌴𐍂 (jer). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek ὡρα (hōra, season), Russian яра (jara), Czech jaro, Lithuanian jore (springtime).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /jæːɑr/, /jɑːr/

Noun[edit]

ġēar n (nominative plural ġēar)

  1. year
    Ðis wæs feorþes geares his rices: this was in the fourth year of his reign. (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle)
  2. the runic character (/j/)

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin gelāre, present active infinitive of gelō.

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gear (past participle geado)

  1. to frost (weather)

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gear

  1. together