me·​chan·​ic | \ mi-ˈka-nik How to pronounce mechanic (audio) \

Definition of mechanic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to manual work or skill



Definition of mechanic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a manual worker : artisan
2 : machinist especially : one who repairs machines

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mechanic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonmechanical
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Examples of mechanic in a Sentence

Adjective the snapping of the handcuffs was followed by a mechanic reading of the suspect's rights
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The employee, who was identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as 28-year-old David A. Platt, was a mechanic responsible for repairing sorting equipment. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "UPS employee killed in workplace accident at the company's Louisville hub," 18 Nov. 2020 But in a loophole, fake mechanic liens can be put on a property, too. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Is home title theft a real thing? You bet it is, and here’s how to protect your property," 16 Oct. 2020 There, visitors can find everything from clothing, personal hygiene items, hot meals, school and art supplies, basic first aid, non-perishable food, camping supplies, mechanic help and bike repairs. oregonlive, "Portland EWOKS, first mobilized for protests, offer disaster relief during wildfires," 19 Sep. 2020 The photo features a mechanic tightening the flange for an industrial high-temperature expansion joint with a Crescent wrench (turned backward) and Channellock pliers. WSJ, "Any Real Craftsman Should Know to Use the Right Tool," 9 Sep. 2020 Swapped out flowing manes, leather, spandex and snakeskin boots for bangs, mechanic shirts, shorts and Doc Martins. Matt Wake |, al, "‘Going grunge’ and beyond: 9 fads from rock in the ’90s," 25 Aug. 2020 The mechanic monkey is back to solve more problems. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Netflix in September: Tom Holland film, 'Jurassic' show, 'Ratched'," 19 Aug. 2020 A couple of years after graduating from auto mechanic school, Cathy Heying had opened a shop in 2013 called the Lift Garage to help people with low incomes keep their cars on the road. Washington Post, "A former minister became an auto mechanic to help those in need," 18 Aug. 2020 Job Corps, which provides free education and vocational training for young adults, offered a chance to become a mechanic and electrician. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every fight felt like a bar brawl, which was fun much of the time, but just didn’t click as a core mechanic. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "All the Assassin’s Creed games, ranked," 11 Nov. 2020 After three seasons, the charming mechanic would be leaving the cast of Wheelers Dealers. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Ant Anstead Says He Will Not Go Back to the U.K. Following Christina Anstead Split: "My World Is Here"," 4 Nov. 2020 Will worked as a mechanic at a local auto dealership. Tracy Smith, CBS News, "Did a love triangle ultimatum lead to murder?," 31 Oct. 2020 Working as a mechanic, Mr. Campos had covered most of his family’s expenses, among them: $1,650 monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment and $160 a month for gas and electricity. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "The Pandemic Brought Loss. Now They’re Behind on Rent.," 19 Oct. 2020 Leaks are not just a problem for the Saturday mechanic. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Find a Vacuum Leak," 2 Oct. 2020 According to Tunisian media, Issaoui grew up in a family of 10 children in Sfax, an important economic hub in southern Tunisia, and worked as a mechanic in a workshop for a monthly salary of 300 dinars (less than 100 euros). Star Tribune, "Never flagged as a danger, Nice attacker traveled unimpeded," 30 Oct. 2020 The second technique is a fake mechanic’s lien placed on a property. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Is home title theft a real thing? You bet it is, and here’s how to protect your property," 16 Oct. 2020 Three of the others started their own businesses, one works for them, and one worked at Cleveland Hopkins Airport as a mechanic—part of the ground crew. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Drellishak Service in Rocky River celebrating 75 years," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mechanic


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mechanic


Middle English, probably from Middle French mecanique, adjective & noun, from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mēchanikos, from mēchanē

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The first known use of mechanic was in the 14th century

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mechanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mechanic

: a person who repairs machines (such as car engines) and keeps them running properly


me·​chan·​ic | \ mi-ˈka-nik How to pronounce mechanic (audio) \

Kids Definition of mechanic

: a person who makes or repairs machines

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