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

automatic, instinctive, instinctual, involuntary, knee-jerk, mechanical, robotic, spontaneous

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of mechanic in a Sentence


the snapping of the handcuffs was followed by a mechanic reading of the suspect's rights

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

An entry level mechanic position opened and I was afforded the opportunity. Fortune, "CarMax," 26 June 2018 The whole bottom level of the massive structure was planned as a 60-car showroom, garage and mechanic space. Janet Eastman,, "Hollywood Video founder's unfinished riverfront mansion to be auctioned (photos)," 22 May 2018 And if an assistant couldn't find something that a quick browser search would have — say sending us to a mechanic two towns over when there are several in my town — that was a fail. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "How Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa responded to our pesky questions," 8 May 2018 Gloria and her mechanic husband, Anthony Vargas, 44, began their charity Care in Action in 2012 out of their own pocket making just 20 meals a week. Patricia Murphy, Fox News, "Florida grandmother makes over 75,000 dinners for the homeless: it's 'God's purpose'," 12 Apr. 2018 Alex Puls manages the space and performs mechanic duties on the premises, keeping them in running order for Mr. Joel, who cruises around on whichever one happens to suit his mood. Julie Besonen, New York Times, "Go to Oyster Bay for the Food. Stay for the History," 15 Feb. 2018 Again, the cost of an inspection can be more than offset if a mechanic spots trouble — and that could include crash damage and other troublesome issues, as well as flood damage. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "How to Steer Clear of Buying a Flood-Damaged Car," 13 Sep. 2017 Weeks earlier, after allegedly hearing the mechanic speak ill of his mother, Barbara Dunmore, Ford, Jr., had allegedly threatened the man and thrown a vacuum cleaner in the shop. Brandon Harris, The New Yorker, "Yance Ford’s Powerful Cinematic Memoir, “Strong Island”," 24 Jan. 2017 READ MORE: Mechanic on run from ValuJet trial still on the run A year after the disaster, the ValuJet name was gone from the skies, merging with another airline. miamiherald, "The day a plane with 110 people disappeared into the Everglades," 11 May 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its founder noted that the agreement only covers workers from Samsung’s chip and LCD segments, and claimed that workers from Samsung’s electro-mechanics, enterprise IT and battery divisions have also been affected by handling hazardous substances. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung agrees to compensate victims of work-related diseases a decade after first complaints," 26 Nov. 2018 Available positions include mechanic, crane operator, administrative assistant, warehouse associate, electrician, roofing specialist and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician, according to CareerSource Broward. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Construction job fair July 11 in Broward," 5 July 2018 The job cuts include 28 mechanics, 12 electricians and a variety of other positions. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaton Corp. will cut 52 Waukesha jobs in outsourcing move," 2 July 2018 Barnard vividly captures the vast and stirring Northern England countryside, the area’s tightly knit if wary farming community, and the fiscal and practical mechanics of raising — and, yes, even dipping — sheep. Gary Goldstein,, "Ruth Wilson stars in powerful British drama 'Dark River'," 28 June 2018 Florist, personal trainer, social worker, mechanic, interior decorator, electrician, engineer. Carolyn Said,, "Why the robot apocalypse won’t kill all gig economy jobs," 16 June 2018 Many newcomers to Germany are experienced car mechanics, for example, but Germany’s shortage is in mechatronics, which requires knowledge of information technology rather than fiddling with fuel pumps. The Economist, "Can refugees help to plug Europe’s skilled-labour gaps?," 14 June 2018 People who complain that condos are too expensive, but thanks to those expensive units, a lot of people — auto mechanics, hospitality staff, restaurant workers — have jobs. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "This Argentine family visited Miami in 2001 — and changed the city forever," 11 June 2018 The lovably dumb mechanic, recovering germaphobe, and diehard New Jersey Devils fan is Elaine’s best boyfriend. Maraithe Thomas, The Cut, "29 of Elaine’s Boyfriends on Seinfeld, Ranked," 14 May 2018

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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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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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