gear-shift

gearshift

[geer-shift]
noun
2.
a device for selecting, engaging, and disengaging gears for a system for the transmission of power, especially in a motor vehicle.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism; gear + shift

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gearshift

noun
a mechanical device for engaging and disengaging gears; "in Britain they call a gearshift a gear lever" 
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