1. Clothing; garments; ornaments. "Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear." (Spenser)

2. Goods; property; household stuff. "Homely gear and common ware." (Robynson (More's Utopia))

3. Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material. "Clad in a vesture of unknown gear." (Spenser)

4. The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.

5. Warlike accouterments.

6. Manner; custom; behavior.

7. Business matters; affairs; concern. "Thus go they both together to their gear." (Spenser)

8. <mechanics> A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively. An apparatus for performing a special function; gearing; as, the feed gear of a lathe.

Engagement of parts with each other; as, in gear; out of gear.

9. Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish. "That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man." (Latimer) Bever gear. See Bevel gear. Core gear, a mortise gear, or its skeleton. See Mortise wheel, under Mortise. Expansion gear, to connect or disconnect (wheelwork or couplings, etc); to put in, or out of, working relation.

Origin: OE. Gere, ger, AS. Gearwe clothing, adornment, armor, fr. Gearo, gearu, ready, yare; akin to OHG. Garawi, garwi ornament, dress. See Yare, and cf. Garb dress.

(01 Mar 1998)

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