[muh-kan-i-kuh l] /məˈkæn ɪ kəl/
having to do with machinery:
a mechanical failure.
being a machine; operated by machinery:
a mechanical toy.
caused by or derived from machinery:
using machine parts only.
brought about by friction, abrasion, etc.:
a mechanical bond between stones; mechanical erosion.
pertaining to the design, use, understanding, etc., of tools and machinery:
the mechanical trades; mechanical ability.
acting or performed without spontaneity, spirit, individuality, etc.:
a mechanical performance.
habitual; routine; automatic:
Practice that step until it becomes mechanical.
belonging or pertaining to the subject matter of .
pertaining to, or controlled or effected by, physical forces.
(of a philosopher or philosophical theory) explaining phenomena as due to mechanical action or the material forces of the universe.
subordinating the spiritual to the material; materialistic.
a mechanical object, part, device, etc.
Printing. a sheet of stiff paper on which has been pasted artwork and type proofs for making a printing plate; paste-up.
Obsolete. a skilled manual laborer, as a carpenter or other artisan.
made, performed, or operated by or as if by a machine or machinery: a mechanical process
concerned with machines or machinery
relating to or controlled or operated by physical forces
of or concerned with mechanics
(of a gesture, etc) automatic; lacking thought, feeling, etc
(philosophy) accounting for phenomena by physically determining forces
(of paper, such as newsprint) made from pulp that has been mechanically ground and contains impurities
(printing) another name for camera-ready copy
(archaic) another word for mechanic (sense 2)
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)
- Mechanically recovered meat
noun 1. an amalgamation of the gristle, cartilage, and fat removed from animal carcasses, sometimes used in the manufacture of meat products such as sausages and hamburgers Also called MRM
noun 1. the branch of metallurgy dealing with the response of metals to applied forces.
- Mechanical mixture
mechanical mixture n. A heterogeneous mixture of particles or masses distinguishable as such under the microscope or separable by filtration.
noun 1. a pencil for holding lead that can be extended by mechanical means.