gear

Gear \Gear\ (g[=e]r), n. [OE. gere, ger, AS. gearwe clothing, adornment, armor, fr. gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. garaw[=i], garw[=i] ornament, dress. See {Yare}, and cf. {Garb} dress.] 1. Clothing; garments; ornaments. [1913 Webster] Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Goods; property; household stuff. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Homely gear and common ware. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] 3. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material. [1913 Webster] Clad in a vesture of unknown gear. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 4. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping. [1913 Webster] 5. Warlike accouterments. [Scot.] --Jamieson. [1913 Webster] 6. Manner; custom; behavior. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 7. Business matters; affairs; concern. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thus go they both together to their gear. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mech.) (a) A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively. (b) An apparatus for performing a special function; gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe. (c) Engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out of gear. [1913 Webster] 9. pl. (Naut.) See 1st {Jeer} (b) . [1913 Webster] 10. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Wright. [1913 Webster] That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man. --Latimer. [1913 Webster] {Bever gear}. See {Bevel gear}. {Core gear}, a mortise gear, or its skeleton. See {Mortise wheel}, under {Mortise}. {Expansion gear} (Steam Engine), the arrangement of parts for cutting off steam at a certain part of the stroke, so as to leave it to act upon the piston expansively; the cut-off. See under {Expansion}. {Feed gear}. See {Feed motion}, under {Feed}, n. {Gear cutter}, a machine or tool for forming the teeth of gear wheels by cutting. {Gear wheel}, any cogwheel. {Running gear}. See under {Running}. {To throw in gear} or {To throw out of gear} (Mach.), to connect or disconnect (wheelwork or couplings, etc.); to put in, or out of, working relation. [1913 Webster]