Mechanics



[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 plural verb) the technical aspect or working part; ; structure.
4.
(usually used with a plural verb) routine or basic methods, procedures, techniques, or details:
the mechanics of running an office; the mechanics of baseball.
[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.
/mɪˈkænɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the branch of science, divided into statics, dynamics, and kinematics, concerned with the equilibrium or motion of bodies in a particular frame of reference See also quantum mechanics, wave mechanics, statistical mechanics
2.
(functioning as sing) the science of designing, constructing, and operating machines
3.
the working parts of a machine
4.
the technical aspects of something: the mechanics of poetic style
/mɪˈkænɪk/
noun
1.
a person skilled in maintaining or operating machinery, motors, etc
2.
(archaic) a common labourer
n.

1640s, based on Late Latin mechanica, from Greek mekhanike, mekhanika (see mechanic (adj.)); also see -ics.
adj.

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.
n.

“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.

mechanics me·chan·ics (mĭ-kān’ĭks)
n.

mechanics
(mĭ-kān’ĭks)

The branch of physics that deals with the motion of material objects. The term mechanics generally refers to the motion of large objects, whereas the study of motion at the level of the atom or smaller is the domain of quantum mechanics.

Note: The basic laws of mechanics are Newton’s laws of motion.

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