second gear

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second gear

One of the lower gears in a motor vehicle; it prioritizes torque over speed. The term is most often associated with manual transmission vehicles, in which one must shift the gears manually while driving. The car will drive better if you keep it in second gear while towing the boat. Shift into second gear so that we don't come flying down this steep hill!
See also: gear, second
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TAKE a second-gear look at this sparkly Christmas tree.
For example, when changing from first to second gear, the computer detects the up-shift and engages second gear, then releases the first-gear clutch while engaging the second-gear clutch to achieve a seamless gear change.
B is running, increasing productivity by increasing rim pull and speed per gear to suit the application, equating to a 12-percent increase in rim pull and a 2 percent increase in second-gear speed.
Gone are the middle of the road, second-gear tunes that made his fortune.
The company's five-speed TorqShift tranny will have a new electronic control system, along with higher first-and second-gear ratios to get a loaded truck moving quickly and smoothly.
B is running, increasing productivity by increasing rim pull and speed per gear to suit the application, equating to a 12 percent increase in rim pull and a 2 percent increase in second-gear speed.