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

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 Throughout her years training to be a mechanic and later an industrial maintenance technician, Angela was frequently one of the few—or only—women in her classes and on job sites. Claire Hastwell, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 Cropper said the department has seen a lot of success in the medical office, web specialist, information technology, construction, health care and auto mechanic fields. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2021 The addition would give the dealership six more mechanic bays and 15 employees over the course of the abatement. Michelle L. Quinn,, 13 Aug. 2021 Startup is a multistage process that an anxious-looking mechanic talks Moers through, but the engine catches on the first press of the start button and roars into an uneven, high-pitched idle. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 21 July 2021 For 17 years, Middleton and his dad, Kevin Wayne Middleton Sr., worked alongside each other, even starting their own mechanic shop in 2004. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 11 July 2021 The company's mechanic shop, some heavy equipment, four forklifts and several truckloads of building materials were destroyed in the fire, said Tschampl. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2021 That shop was Repair Revolution, founded in Seattle in 2012 by mechanic Eli Allison. NBC News, 30 May 2021 Garland’s city council approved the new ordinance, intended to prevent residents from operating informal mechanic businesses at their homes, at a May 18 city council meeting. Dallas News, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Months later, Alex was hospitalized after he was severely burned while fixing an ambulance as a mechanic. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Nov. 2021 For much of his life, Arciga has worked as a mechanic, specializing in Hondas. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, is the only federal defendant to plead guilty in the plot; the others are awaiting trial. CBS News, 25 Aug. 2021 Ty Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, was sentenced to 75 months in prison for charges of providing material support for terrorist acts and felony firearms charges. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 25 Aug. 2021 Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, is the only federal defendant to plead guilty; others are awaiting trial. Fox News, 25 Aug. 2021 Ty Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, is the only member of the group known as the Wolverine Watchmen to plead guilty in the alleged plot. Joe Barrett, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 Everill has worked as a mechanic for 25 years, and his family owns Master Muffler. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Aug. 2021 Bonds, a Singleton mine mechanic, won nearly 22 percent of the vote for the right-wing One Nation party in a 2019 federal election in which climate change took center stage. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021

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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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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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