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noun gear pronunciation in British English /ɡɪə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the part of an engine that changes engine power into movement. Most cars in the UK have 5 or 6 gears that you operate yourself
    change gear: Helen changed gear as she approached the junction.
    first/second etc gear: At forty miles an hour you should be in fourth gear.
    low/high gear: Always use a low gear when driving down a steep hill.
    grind/crash the gears (=make a noise when changing gear because you do not do it correctly): You’ll ruin the gearbox if you keep grinding the gears like that.
    in gear (=with one of the gears connected so that the power of the engine will make the wheels move): The car won’t move unless you’re in gear.
    out of gear (=with no gears connected): Take the car out of gear.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the special clothes and equipment that you use for a particular activity
    Don’t forget to bring walking gear.
    We took down the tent and packed all the gear away.
    police dressed in riot gear
  3. 3
    [uncountable] a machine or part of a machine that does a particular job
    Firefighters with heavy lifting gear battled to free the survivors from the wreckage.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] informal old-fashioned clothes, especially fashionable ones. This word is often used humorously.



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