any of the various weathering processes that cause physical disintegration of exposed rock without any change in the chemical composition of the rock:
Collision between rock surfaces can cause mechanical weathering.
the erosion or breakdown of rock into smaller fragments by natural physical agents with no chemicals involved; also called disintegration
Agents of mechanical weathering are frost, tree roots, etc.
[mek-uh-nish-uh n] /ˌmɛk əˈnɪʃ ən/ noun 1. a person skilled in constructing, working, or repairing machines; ; machinist. /ˌmɛkəˈnɪʃən/ noun 1. a person skilled in making machinery and tools; technician
[muh-kan-iks] /məˈkæn ɪks/ noun 1. (used with a singular verb) the branch of physics that deals with the action of forces on bodies and with motion, comprised of kinetics, statics, and kinematics. 2. (used with a singular verb) the theoretical and practical application of this science to machinery, appliances, etc. 3. (usually used with a […]
[muh-kan-iks-vil] /məˈkæn ɪksˌvɪl/ noun 1. a village in E Virginia, near Richmond: Civil War battle 1862.
[mek-uh-nahyz] /ˈmɛk əˌnaɪz/ verb (used with object), mechanized, mechanizing. 1. to make . 2. to operate or perform by or as if by machinery. 3. to introduce machinery into (an industry, enterprise, etc.), especially in order to replace manual labor. 4. Military. to equip with tanks and other armored vehicles. /ˈmɛkəˌnaɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. to […]