To throw in 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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