Translation of "gear" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ɡɪər/ us /ɡɪr/

gear noun (ENGINE PART)

B2 [ C or U ] a device, often consisting of connecting sets of wheels with teeth (= points) around the edge, that controls how much power from an engine goes to the moving parts of a machine

Does your car have five or six gears? 你的车是4挡的还是5挡的?
I couldn't find reverse gear. 我找不着倒挡了。
The car should be in gear (= with its gears in position, allowing the vehicle to move). 车挡应该挂着。
When you start a car you need to be in first (US also low) gear. 汽车启动时应该挂第一挡。
figurative After a slow start, the leadership campaign suddenly shifted into top gear (= started to advance very quickly). 争夺领导权的竞选活动启动缓慢,但是后来却突然开足了马力紧锣密鼓地进行起来。

More examples

  • Push the clutch in, put the car into gear, rev the engine and then gently let the clutch out.
  • To go backwards, you must put the car into reverse gear.
  • The car's gears aren't meshing properly.
  • In cars that are automatics, you don't have to bother with shifting gears.
  • It's no good - these gears are shot.


B2 [ U ] UK the equipment, clothes, etc. that you use to do a particular activity

fishing/camping gear 钓鱼/野营用具
Police in riot gear (= protective clothing) arrived to control the protesters. 身着防暴衣的警察赶来制服抗议者。
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B2 informal clothes

She wears all the latest gear. 她穿的衣服都是最新潮的。

More examples

  • Police in riot gear were called in to quell the unrest.
  • Everyone else was in jeans and casual gear and I had my office clothes on - I stuck out like a sore thumb.
  • We got ourselves togged up in walking gear for the hike.
  • A shop selling bondage gear has opened on the high street.
  • Police in riot gear lined up at the end of the street.

(Translation of “gear” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)