[muh-kan-ik] /məˈkæn ɪk/
a person who repairs and maintains machinery, motors, etc.:
an automobile mechanic.
a worker who is skilled in the use of tools, machines, equipment, etc.
Slang. a person skilled in the dishonest handling of cards, dice, or other objects used in games of chance.
a person skilled in maintaining or operating machinery, motors, etc
(archaic) a common labourer
late 14c., “pertaining to or involving mechanical labor” (now usually mechanical), also “having to do with tools,” from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mekhanikos “full of resources, inventive, ingenious,” literally “mechanical, pertaining to machines,” from mekhane (see machine (n.)). Meaning “of the nature of or pertaining to machines” is from 1620s.
“manual laborer,” late 14c., from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mekhanikos “an engineer,” noun use of adjective meaning “full of resources, inventive, ingenious” (see mechanic (adj.)). Sense of “one who is employed in manual labor, a handicraft worker, an artisan” (chief sense through early 19c.) is attested from 1560s. Sense of “skilled workman who is concerned with making or repair of machinery” is from 1660s, but not the main sense until the rise of the automobile.
[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.
- Mechanical antidote
mechanical antidote n. A substance that prevents the absorption of a poison.