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Shaft vs. Gear

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Shaftnoun

(obsolete) The entire body of a long weapon, such as an arrow.

Gearnoun

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

Shaftnoun

The long, narrow, central body of a spear, arrow, or javelin.

‘Her hand slipped off the javelin's shaft towards the spearpoint and that's why her score was lowered.’;

Gearnoun

Clothing; garments.

Shaftnoun

(by extension) Anything cast or thrown as a spear or javelin.

Gearnoun

(obsolete) Goods; property; household items.

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Shaftnoun

Any long thin object, such as the handle of a tool, one of the poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle, the driveshaft of a motorized vehicle with rear-wheel drive, an axle, etc.

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.

Shaftnoun

A beam or ray of light.

‘Isn't that shaft of light from that opening in the cave beautiful?’;

Gearnoun

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

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Shaftnoun

(lacrosse) The long narrow body of a lacrosse stick.

‘Sarah, if you wear gloves your hands might not slip on your shaft and you can up your game, girl!’;

Gearnoun

(slang) Recreational drugs, including steroids.

Shaftnoun

A long, narrow passage sunk into the earth, either natural or for artificial.

‘Your grandfather used to work with a crane hauling ore out of the gold mine's shafts.’;

Gearnoun

Stuff.

Shaftnoun

A vertical passage housing a lift or elevator; a liftshaft.

‘Darn it, my keys fell through the gap and into the elevator shaft.’;

Gearnoun

(obsolete) Business matters; affairs; concern.

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Shaftnoun

A ventilation or heating conduit; an air duct.

‘Our parrot flew into the air duct and got stuck in the shaft.’;

Gearnoun

Anything worthless; nonsense; rubbish.

Shaftnoun

(architecture) Any column or pillar, particularly the body of a column between its capital and pedestal.

Gearverb

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

Shaftnoun

The main cylindrical part of the penis.

‘The female labia minora is homologous to the penis shaft skin of males.’;

Gearverb

To be in, or come into, gear.

Shaftnoun

The chamber of a blast furnace.

Gearverb

To dress; to put gear on; to harness.

Shaftverb

To fuck over; to cause harm to, especially through deceit or treachery.

‘Your boss really shafted you by stealing your idea like that.’;

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.’;

Shaftverb

(transitive) To equip with a shaft.

Gearadjective

great or fantastic

Shaftverb

To fuck; to have sexual intercourse with.

‘Turns out my roommate was shafting my girlfriend.’;

Gearnoun

Clothing; garments; ornaments.

‘Array thyself in thy most gorgeous gear.’;

Shaftnoun

The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.

‘His sleep, his meat, his drink, is him bereft,That lean he wax, and dry as is a shaft.’; ‘A shaft hath three principal parts, the stele [stale], the feathers, and the head.’;

Gearnoun

Goods; property; household stuff.

‘Homely gear and common ware.’;

Shaftnoun

The long handle of a spear or similar weapon; hence, the weapon itself; (Fig.) anything regarded as a shaft to be thrown or darted; as, shafts of light.

‘And the thunder,Winged with red lightning and impetuous rage,Perhaps hath spent his shafts.’; ‘Some kinds of literary pursuits . . . have been attacked with all the shafts of ridicule.’;

Gearnoun

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

‘Clad in a vesture of unknown gear.’;

Shaftnoun

That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical.

‘Thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold . . . his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.’;

Gearnoun

The harness of horses or cattle; trapping.

Shaftnoun

The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc.

‘Bid time and nature gently spareThe shaft we raise to thee.’;

Gearnoun

Warlike accouterments.

Shaftnoun

A humming bird (Thaumastura cora) having two of the tail feathers next to the middle ones very long in the male; - called also cora humming bird.

Gearnoun

Manner; custom; behavior.

Shaftnoun

A rod at the end of a heddle.

Gearnoun

Business matters; affairs; concern.

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

Shaftnoun

A well-like excavation in the earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and raising ore, for raising water, etc.

Gearnoun

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

Shaftnoun

A long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air shaft.

Gearnoun

See 1st Jeer (b).

Shaftnoun

The chamber of a blast furnace.

Gearnoun

Anything worthless; stuff; nonsense; rubbish.

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

Shaftnoun

a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer

Gearverb

To dress; to put gear on; to harness.

Shaftnoun

an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect;

‘his parting shot was `drop dead'’; ‘she threw shafts of sarcasm’; ‘she takes a dig at me every chance she gets’;

Gearverb

To provide with gearing.

Shaftnoun

a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)

Gearverb

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

Shaftnoun

a column of light (as from a beacon)

Gearverb

To be in, or come into, gear.

Shaftnoun

the main (mid) section of a long bone

Gearnoun

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

Shaftnoun

obscene terms for penis

Gearnoun

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

Shaftnoun

a long pointed rod used as a weapon

Gearnoun

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

Shaftnoun

a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)

Gearverb

set the level or character of;

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

Shaftnoun

(architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column

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’;

Shaftnoun

a vertical passage into a mine

Gearnoun

a particular setting of engaged gears

‘he was belting along in fifth gear’;

Shaftnoun

a revolving rod that transmits power or motion

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’;

Shaftnoun

the hollow shaft of a feather

Gearnoun

equipment or apparatus that is used for a particular purpose

‘camping gear’;

Shaftverb

equip with a shaft

Gearnoun

clothing, especially of a specified kind

‘designer gear’;

Shaftverb

defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit

Gearnoun

personal possessions and clothes

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

Gearnoun

illegal drugs

‘Murray got him some gear’;

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’;

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.

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