[mek-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm/
an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage.
the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished.
machinery or mechanical appliances in general.
the structure or arrangement of parts of a machine or similar device, or of anything analogous.
the mechanical part of something; any mechanical device:
the mechanism of a clock.
routine methods or procedures; mechanics:
the mechanism of government.
mechanical execution, as in painting or music; technique.
the theory that everything in the universe is produced by matter in motion; materialism.
Compare (def 1), (def 1).
Psychoanalysis. the habitual operation and interaction of psychological forces within an individual that assist in interpreting or dealing with the physical or psychological environment.
a system or structure of moving parts that performs some function, esp in a machine
something resembling a machine in the arrangement and working of its parts: the mechanism of the ear
any form of mechanical device or any part of such a device
a process or technique, esp of execution: the mechanism of novel writing
1660s, from Modern Latin mechanismus, from Greek mekhane “machine, instrument” (see machine (n.)).
mechanism mech·a·nism (měk’ə-nĭz’əm)
[mek-uh-nis-tik] /ˌmɛk əˈnɪs tɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the theory of or to . 2. of or relating to mechanics. 3. . /ˌmɛkəˈnɪstɪk/ adjective 1. (philosophy) of or relating to the theory of mechanism 2. (maths) of or relating to mechanics mechanistic mech·a·nis·tic (měk’ə-nĭs’tĭk) adj.
[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 […]
1. a combining form representing machine, or mechanical, in compound words: mechanoreceptor. word-forming element meaning “mechanics, mechanism,” from Greek mekhano-, comb. form of mekhane (see machine (n.)).
[mek-uh-noh-kem-uh-stree] /ˌmɛk ə noʊˈkɛm ə stri/ noun 1. the field of that deals with the direct conversion of chemical into mechanical energy.