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Gear vs. Wear

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Gearnoun

(uncountable) Equipment or paraphernalia, especially that used for an athletic endeavor.

Wearverb

To carry or have equipped on or about one's body, as an item of clothing, equipment, decoration, etc.

‘He's wearing some nice pants today.’; ‘She wore her medals with pride.’; ‘Please wear your seatbelt.’; ‘Can you wear makeup and sunscreen at {{the same time?’; ‘}} He was wearing his lunch after tripping and falling into the buffet.’;

Gearnoun

Clothing; garments.

Wearverb

To have or carry on one's person habitually, consistently; or, to maintain in a particular fashion or manner.

‘He wears eyeglasses.’; ‘She wears her hair in braids.’;

Gearnoun

(obsolete) Goods; property; household items.

Wearverb

To bear or display in one's aspect or appearance.

‘She wore a smile all day.’; ‘He walked out of the courtroom wearing an air of satisfaction.’;

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Gearnoun

(countable) A wheel with grooves (teeth) engraved on the outer circumference, such that two such devices can interlock and convey motion from one to the other; a gear wheel.

Wearverb

To overcome one's reluctance and endure a (previously specified) situation.

‘I know you don't like working with him, but you'll just have to wear it.’;

Gearnoun

A particular combination or choice of interlocking gears, such that a particular gear ratio is achieved.

Wearverb

To eat away at, erode, diminish, or consume gradually; to cause a gradual deterioration in; to produce (some change) through attrition, exposure, or constant use.

‘You're going to wear a hole in the bottom of those shoes.’; ‘The water has slowly worn a channel into these rocks.’; ‘Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks.’; ‘Exile had worn the man to a shadow.’;

Gearnoun

A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque.

Wearverb

(intransitive) To undergo gradual deterioration; become impaired; be reduced or consumed gradually due to any continued process, activity, or use.

‘The tiles were wearing thin due to years of children's feet.’;

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Gearnoun

(slang) Recreational drugs, including steroids.

Wearverb

To exhaust, fatigue, expend, or weary.

‘His neverending criticism has finally worn my patience.’; ‘Toil and care soon wear the spirit.’; ‘Our physical advantage allowed us to wear the other team out and win.’;

Gearnoun

Stuff.

Wearverb

(intransitive) To last or remain durable under hard use or over time; to retain usefulness, value, or desirable qualities under any continued strain or long period of time; sometimes said of a person, regarding the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate.

‘Don't worry, this fabric will wear. These pants will last you for years.’; ‘This color wears so well. I must have washed this sweater a thousand times.’; ‘I have to say, our friendship has worn pretty well.’; ‘It's hard to get to know him, but he wears well.’;

Gearnoun

(obsolete) Business matters; affairs; concern.

Wearverb

(in the phrase "wearing on (someone)") To cause annoyance, irritation, fatigue, or weariness near the point of an exhaustion of patience.

‘Her high pitched voice is really wearing on me lately.’;

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Gearnoun

Anything worthless; nonsense; rubbish.

Wearverb

To pass slowly, gradually or tediously.

‘wear on, wear away.’; ‘As the years wore on, we seemed to have less and less in common.’;

Gearverb

To provide with gearing; to fit with gears in order to achieve a desired gear ratio.

Wearverb

(nautical) To bring (a sailing vessel) onto the other tack by bringing the wind around the stern (as opposed to tacking when the wind is brought around the bow); to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind. Also written "ware". Past: weared, or wore/worn.

Gearverb

To be in, or come into, gear.

Wearverb

To guard; watch; keep watch, especially from entry or invasion.

Gearverb

To dress; to put gear on; to harness.

Wearverb

To defend; protect.

Gearverb

(usually with to or toward(s)) To design or devise (something) so as to be suitable (for a particular type of person or a particular purpose).

‘This shop is not really geared towards people of our age.’; ‘They have geared the hotel mainly at tourists.’;

Wearverb

To ward off; prevent from approaching or entering; drive off; repel.

‘to wear the wolf from the sheep’;

Gearadjective

great or fantastic

Wearverb

To conduct or guide with care or caution, as into a fold or place of safety.

Gearnoun

Clothing; garments; ornaments.

‘Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear.’;

Wearnoun

(uncountable) (in combination) clothing

‘footwear; outdoor wear; maternity wear’;

Gearnoun

Goods; property; household stuff.

‘Homely gear and common ware.’;

Wearnoun

(uncountable) damage to the appearance and/or strength of an item caused by use over time

Gearnoun

Whatever is prepared for use or wear; manufactured stuff or material.

‘Clad in a vesture of unknown gear.’;

Wearnoun

(uncountable) fashion

Gearnoun

The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.

Wearnoun

Same as Weir.

Gearnoun

Warlike accouterments.

Wearnoun

The act of wearing, or the state of being worn; consumption by use; diminution by friction; as, the wear of a garment.

Gearnoun

Manner; custom; behavior.

Wearnoun

The thing worn; style of dress; the fashion.

‘Motley 's the only wear.’;

Gearnoun

Business matters; affairs; concern.

‘Thus go they both together to their gear.’;

Wearnoun

The result of wearing or use; consumption, diminution, or impairment due to use, friction, or the like; as, the wear of this coat has been good.

Gearnoun

A toothed wheel, or cogwheel; as, a spur gear, or a bevel gear; also, toothed wheels, collectively.

Wearverb

To cause to go about, as a vessel, by putting the helm up, instead of alee as in tacking, so that the vessel's bow is turned away from, and her stern is presented to, the wind, and, as she turns still farther, her sails fill on the other side; to veer.

Gearnoun

See 1st Jeer (b).

Wearverb

To carry or bear upon the person; to bear upon one's self, as an article of clothing, decoration, warfare, bondage, etc.; to have appendant to one's body; to have on; as, to wear a coat; to wear a shackle.

‘What compass will you wear your farthingale?’; ‘On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore.’;

Gearnoun

Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish.

‘That servant of his that confessed and uttered this gear was an honest man.’;

Wearverb

To have or exhibit an appearance of, as an aspect or manner; to bear; as, she wears a smile on her countenance.

‘His innocent gestures wearA meaning half divine.’;

Gearverb

To dress; to put gear on; to harness.

Wearverb

To use up by carrying or having upon one's self; hence, to consume by use; to waste; to use up; as, to wear clothes rapidly.

Gearverb

To provide with gearing.

Wearverb

To impair, waste, or diminish, by continual attrition, scraping, percussion, on the like; to consume gradually; to cause to lower or disappear; to spend.

‘That wicked wight his days doth wear.’; ‘The waters wear the stones.’;

Gearverb

To adapt toward some specific purpose; as, they geared their advertising for maximum effect among teenagers.

Wearverb

To cause or make by friction or wasting; as, to wear a channel; to wear a hole.

Gearverb

To be in, or come into, gear.

Wearverb

To form or shape by, or as by, attrition.

‘Trials wear us into a liking of what, possibly, in the first essay, displeased us.’;

Gearnoun

a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion

Wearverb

To endure or suffer use; to last under employment; to bear the consequences of use, as waste, consumption, or attrition; as, a coat wears well or ill; - hence, sometimes applied to character, qualifications, etc.; as, a man wears well as an acquaintance.

Gearnoun

a mechanism for transmitting motion by gears for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

Wearverb

To be wasted, consumed, or diminished, by being used; to suffer injury, loss, or extinction by use or time; to decay, or be spent, gradually.

‘Away, I say; time wears.’; ‘Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou and this people that is with thee.’; ‘His stock of money began to wear very low.’; ‘The family . . . wore out in the earlier part of the century.’;

Gearnoun

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

Wearnoun

impairment resulting from long use;

‘the tires showed uneven wear’;

Gearverb

set the level or character of;

‘She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience’;

Wearnoun

a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Gearnoun

a toothed wheel that works with others to alter the relation between the speed of a driving mechanism (such as the engine of a vehicle) and the speed of the driven parts (the wheels)

‘a racing bike with ten-speed gears’;

Wearnoun

the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment;

‘she bought it for everyday wear’;

Gearnoun

a particular setting of engaged gears

‘he was belting along in fifth gear’;

Wearverb

be dressed in;

‘She was wearing yellow that day’;

Gearnoun

used in reference to the level of effort or intensity expended in an activity or undertaking

‘the play moves down a gear whenever he walks off stage’; ‘now the champions moved up a gear’; ‘from this weekend, the campaign is expected to step up a gear’;

Wearverb

have on one's person;

‘He wore a red ribbon’; ‘bear a scar’;

Gearnoun

equipment or apparatus that is used for a particular purpose

‘camping gear’;

Wearverb

have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality;

‘He always wears a smile’;

Gearnoun

clothing, especially of a specified kind

‘designer gear’;

Wearverb

deteriorate through use or stress;

‘The constant friction wore out the cloth’;

Gearnoun

personal possessions and clothes

‘I told her to come back to my place with all her gear’;

Wearverb

have or show an appearance of;

‘wear one's hair in a certain way’;

Gearnoun

illegal drugs

‘Murray got him some gear’;

Wearverb

last and be usable;

‘This dress wore well for almost ten years’;

Gearverb

design or adjust the gears in a machine to give a specified speed or power output

‘the vehicle's geared too high for serious off-road use’;

Wearverb

go to pieces;

‘The lawn mower finally broke’; ‘The gears wore out’; ‘The old chair finally fell apart completely’;

Gear

A gear is a rotating circular machine part having cut teeth or, in the case of a cogwheel or gearwheel, inserted teeth (called cogs), which mesh with another toothed part to transmit torque. A gear may also be known informally as a cog.

Wearverb

exhaust or tire through overuse or great strain or stress;

‘We wore ourselves out on this hike’;

Wearverb

put clothing on one's body;

‘What should I wear today?’; ‘He put on his best suit for the wedding’; ‘The princess donned a long blue dress’; ‘The queen assumed the stately robes’; ‘He got into his jeans’;

Wear

Wear is the damaging, gradual removal or deformation of material at solid surfaces. Causes of wear can be mechanical (e.g., erosion) or chemical (e.g., corrosion).

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