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mechanism

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noun mech·a·nism \ˈme-kə-ˌni-zəm\

Simple Definition of mechanism

  • : a piece of machinery : a mechanical part or group of parts having a particular function

  • : a process or system that is used to produce a particular result

  • : a way of acting, thinking, or behaving that helps or protects a person in a specified way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mechanism

  1. 1 a :  a piece of machinery b :  a process, technique, or system for achieving a result

  2. 2 :  mechanical operation or action :  working 2

  3. 3 :  a doctrine that holds natural processes (as of life) to be mechanically determined and capable of complete explanation by the laws of physics and chemistry

  4. 4 :  the fundamental processes involved in or responsible for an action, reaction, or other natural phenomenon — compare defense mechanism

Examples of mechanism in a sentence

  1. The camera's shutter mechanism is broken.

  2. Scientists are studying the body's mechanisms for controlling weight.

  3. There is no mechanism in place for enforcing the new law.

  4. a legal mechanism to prevent lobbyists from exerting unfair influence

  5. psychological mechanisms for dealing with a tragic loss



1662

First Known Use of mechanism

1662

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MECHANISM Defined for Kids

mechanism

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noun mech·a·nism \ˈme-kə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of mechanism for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of machinery

  2. 2 :  the parts by which a machine operates <the mechanism of a watch>

  3. 3 :  the parts or steps that make up a process or activity <the mechanism of government>




Medical Dictionary

mechanism

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noun mech·a·nism \ˈmek-ə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical Definition of mechanism

  1. 1:  a piece of machinery

  2. 2a:  a bodily process or function <the mechanism of healing>b:  the combination of mental processes by which a result is obtained <psychological mechanisms>

  3. 3:  the fundamental physical or chemical processes involved in or responsible for an action, reaction, or other natural phenomenon

mechanistic

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