gear - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “gear”

See all translations

gear

noun
 
 
/ɡɪər/
VEHICLE [C] B2 a set of parts in a motor vehicle or bicycle that control how fast the wheels turn: [usually plural] a mountain bike with 21 gears to change gear The engine and engine partsEngines and motors
first/second/third, etc gear B2 a particular position of the gears in a motor vehicle or bicycle that controls how fast the wheels turn: The lights turned green, but I couldn't get into first gear.The engine and engine partsEngines and motors
CLOTHES/EQUIPMENT [U] B2 the clothes and equipment used for a particular purpose: sports/swimming gear I've left all my gear at home.Things needed for a taskClothing - general words
(Definition of gear from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “gear” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Contestants…suck on a modified vaper until they’ve filled their chest cavity with enough vaporised nicotine “e-juice” to shoot out a belch of white smoke upwards of 4ft long.

Read More