a device for selecting, engaging, and disengaging gears for a system for the transmission of power, especially in a motor vehicle.

1925–30, Americanism; gear + shift Unabridged
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gear lever or (US and Canadian) gearshift (ˈɡɪəˌʃɪft)
a lever used to move gearwheels relative to each other, esp in a motor vehicle
gearshift or (US and Canadian) gearshift

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Example sentences
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.
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