adjective me·chan·i·cal \mi-ˈka-ni-kəl\

: of or relating to machinery

: having or using machinery

: happening or done without thought or without any effort to be different or interesting

Full Definition of MECHANICAL

a (1) :  of or relating to machinery or tools <mechanical applications of science> <a mechanical genius> <mechanical aptitude> (2) :  produced or operated by a machine or tool <mechanical power> <a mechanical refrigerator> <a mechanical saw>
b :  of or relating to manual operations
:  of or relating to artisans or machinists <the mechanical trades>
a :  done as if by machine :  seemingly uninfluenced by the mind or emotions :  automatic
b :  of or relating to technicalities or petty matters
a :  relating to, governed by, or in accordance with the principles of mechanics <mechanical energy>
b :  relating to the quantitative relations of force and matter <mechanical pressure of wind on a tower>
:  caused by, resulting from, or relating to a process that involves a purely physical as opposed to a chemical or biological change or process <mechanical erosion of rock>
me·chan·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of MECHANICAL

  1. The flight was delayed because of mechanical problems.
  2. I was impressed by her mechanical know-how.
  3. She gave a mechanical reply.
  4. Copying down the numbers is a boring and mechanical job.
  5. The actor gave a stiff and mechanical performance.

First Known Use of MECHANICAL

15th century

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms

centrifuge, differential, flange, lathe, linchpin, pinion, plenum, ratchet, traction

Rhymes with MECHANICAL



Definition of MECHANICAL

obsolete :  mechanic 1
:  a piece of finished copy consisting typically of type proofs and artwork positioned and mounted for photomechanical reproduction

First Known Use of MECHANICAL


Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, notch, tittle, underscore, widow

Rhymes with MECHANICAL


adjective me·chan·i·cal \mi-ˈkan-i-kəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MECHANICAL

:  relating to the quantitative relations of force and matter <mechanical pressure exerted by the bubbles in the tissues—H. G. Armstrong>
:  caused by, resulting from, or relating to physical as opposed to biological or chemical processes or change <mechanical injury> <mechanical asphyxiation>
me·chan·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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