variant of before a vowel.
a combining form representing machine, or mechanical, in compound words:
word-forming element meaning “mechanics, mechanism,” from Greek mekhano-, comb. form of mekhane (see machine (n.)).
[muh-kan-ik] /məˈkæn ɪk/ noun 1. a person who repairs and maintains machinery, motors, etc.: an automobile mechanic. 2. a worker who is skilled in the use of tools, machines, equipment, etc. 3. Slang. a person skilled in the dishonest handling of cards, dice, or other objects used in games of chance. /mɪˈkænɪk/ noun 1. a […]
[muh-kan-i-kuh l] /məˈkæn ɪ kəl/ adjective 1. having to do with machinery: a mechanical failure. 2. being a machine; operated by machinery: a mechanical toy. 3. caused by or derived from machinery: mechanical propulsion. 4. using machine parts only. 5. brought about by friction, abrasion, etc.: a mechanical bond between stones; mechanical erosion. 6. pertaining […]
noun, Mechanics. 1. the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism. noun 1. the ratio of the working force exerted by a mechanism to the applied effort mechanical advantage (mĭ-kān’ĭ-kəl) The ratio of the output force (acting on a load) produced by a machine to the applied effort (the input […]
- Mechanical alternation
mechanical alternation n. A disorder in which contractions of the heart are regular in time but are alternately stronger and weaker. Also called alternation of heart.