Mechanical



[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 to the design, use, understanding, etc., of tools and machinery:
the mechanical trades; mechanical ability.
7.
acting or performed without spontaneity, spirit, individuality, etc.:
a mechanical performance.
8.
habitual; routine; automatic:
Practice that step until it becomes mechanical.
9.
belonging or pertaining to the subject matter of .
10.
pertaining to, or controlled or effected by, physical forces.
11.
(of a philosopher or philosophical theory) explaining phenomena as due to mechanical action or the material forces of the universe.
12.
subordinating the spiritual to the material; materialistic.
noun
13.
a mechanical object, part, device, etc.
14.
Printing. a sheet of stiff paper on which has been pasted artwork and type proofs for making a printing plate; paste-up.
15.
Obsolete. a skilled manual laborer, as a carpenter or other artisan.
/mɪˈkænɪkəl/
adjective
1.
made, performed, or operated by or as if by a machine or machinery: a mechanical process
2.
concerned with machines or machinery
3.
relating to or controlled or operated by physical forces
4.
of or concerned with mechanics
5.
(of a gesture, etc) automatic; lacking thought, feeling, etc
6.
(philosophy) accounting for phenomena by physically determining forces
7.
(of paper, such as newsprint) made from pulp that has been mechanically ground and contains impurities
noun
8.
(printing) another name for camera-ready copy
9.
(archaic) another word for mechanic (sense 2)
adj.

early 15c., “of or pertaining to machines,” from mechanic (adj.) + -al (1); of persons or human actions, “resembling machines, automatic” it is from c.1600. Related: Mechanically. Mechanical-minded is recorded from 1820.

mechanical me·chan·i·cal (mĭ-kān’ĭ-kəl)
adj.

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