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[geer-shift] /ˈgɪərˌʃɪft/
a device for selecting, engaging, and disengaging gears for a system for the transmission of power, especially in a motor vehicle.
Origin of gearshift
1925-30, Americanism; gear + shift Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gearshift
  • The manual also shuts off if you push in the clutch and move the gearshift into neutral, a strange sensation.
  • She would be told not to touch something--whether a car's gearshift or a radio or a computer.
  • Visible steering wheel, floorboard, tire or gearshift locks.
  • From his position to the left of the driver, he had no control over the gearshift on the driver's right.
  • During the field investigation, both gearshift levers were found in the neutral position.
  • Know the gearshift pattern and operate the throttle, clutch and brakes a few times.
  • The gearshift appeared to be in neutral and the parking brake was not engaged.
  • The driver looked behind him and placed his hand on the gearshift, as though he was contemplating making an attempt to flee.
  • Toddlers can also release the gearshift or get trapped in automatic windows.
British Dictionary definitions for gearshift

gear lever

a lever used to move gearwheels relative to each other, esp in a motor vehicle
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