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[swich-geer] /ˈswɪtʃˌgɪər/
noun, Electricity
switching equipment used in an electric power station.
Origin of switchgear
1900-05; switch + gear Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for switchgear
  • Of course a tsunami, or fire suppression water, or a flood would short out their emergency generator and switchgear.
  • switchgear is labeled well, legible during the day and illuminated in red at night.
  • The switchgear is simple, and the instrumentation is clean.
  • The instruments and gauges are finally clean and stylish, and the switchgear is simple.
  • The switchgear is easy to operate, and everything is where you expect it to be.
  • It was a pleasant surprise not to have to play games with the controls and switchgear to get them to work.
  • Market survey for standardized medium voltage gas-insulated switchgear.
  • Existing utilities above the proposed location of the new switchgear line-up will be rerouted.
  • The inspections will include both generators, switchgear and transfer switches.
British Dictionary definitions for switchgear


(electrical engineering) any of several devices used for opening and closing electric circuits, esp those that pass high currents
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