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gearhead (GEER-hed) noun

A technology enthusiast, e.g. a person with a deep interest in the inner working of computers, automobiles, etc.

[From gear, from Middle English gere (equipment) + head, from Middle English, from Old English heafod.]

"(Mark) Pauline and his compatriots were true hard-core gearheads: they loved the oily complexities of machines, and understood the internal mechanics that are, to the rest of us, an inscrutable mesh of wires and servos."
Brad Stone; Gearheads; Simon & Schuster, New York; 2003.

"I might as well conclude with a gearhead's account of how to shut off splash-screen displays, even though it's probably more trouble than it's worth."
James Coates; Windows 95 Software Works With XP Wizard; Chicago Tribune; May 3, 2003.

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