What is gear?

  • (noun): Equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc..
    Synonyms: paraphernalia, appurtenances
    See also — Additional definitions below


A gear is a rotating machine part having cut teeth, or cogs, which mesh with another toothed part in order to transmit torque. Two or more gears working in tandem are called a transmission and can produce a mechanical advantage through a gear ratio and thus may be considered a simple machine. Geared devices can change the speed, torque, and direction of a power source. The most common situation is for a gear to mesh with another gear, however a gear can also mesh with a non-rotating toothed part, called a rack, thereby producing translation instead of rotation.

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Some articles on gear:

Gear (Image Comics)
... Gear is a six-issue comic book limited series written and illustrated by Doug TenNapel ... Gear featured black-and-white artwork mostly created with an ink brush by TenNapel ...
Heavy Gear Fighter
... Heavy Gear Fighter is a stand-alone two-player card game set in the Heavy Gear universe ...
Gear Model in Modern Physics
... Modern physics adopted the gear model in different ways ... Maxwell used a gear wheel and called it an "idle wheel" to explain the electrical current as a rotation of particles in opposite directions to that of the rotating field lines ... More recently, quantum physics uses "quantum gears" in their model ...
Worm Drive - Direction of Transmission
... Unlike with ordinary gear trains, the direction of transmission (input shaft vs output shaft) is not reversible when using large reduction ratios, due to the greater friction involved between the worm and ... then the ratio reduces accordingly and the braking effect of a worm and worm-gear may need to be discounted as the gear may be able to drive the worm ... Worm gear configurations in which the gear cannot drive the worm are said to be self-locking ...
... A pinion is a round gear used in several applications usually the smallest gear in a gear drive train, although in the case of John Blenkinsop's Salamanca, the pinion was rather large ... cases, such as remote controlled toys, the pinion is also the drive gear ... the smaller gear that drives in a 90-degree angle towards a crown gear in a differential drive ...

More definitions of "gear":

  • (noun): A toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion.
    Synonyms: gear wheel, cogwheel
  • (noun): A mechanism for transmitting motion by gears for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle).
    Synonyms: gear mechanism
  • (verb): Set the level or character of.
    Synonyms: pitch

Famous quotes containing the word gear:

    For women ... bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can’t possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)

    But Lord, remember me and mine
    Wi’ mercies temporal and divine!
    That I for grace and gear may shine,
    Excelled by nane!
    And a’ the glory shall be thine!
    Amen! Amen!
    Robert Burns (1759–1796)