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

California hits car owners hardest in the wallet, according to a new study by the online auto repair service, an app that books mechanic house calls for car servicing. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Guess which state has the highest car expenses in the nation," 2 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The engineers are developing the attractions, but there’s also an entire team of electricians and mechanics. Kelly Dinardo, New York Times, "The Brains Behind Your Stomach’s Drop," 6 July 2019 Her current role is to teach floral design, ag mechanics including woodworking, plumbing, and electrical, and science-based ag classes related to soil, genetics and nutrition. Ramona Sentinel, "Community Profile: Agriculture runs deep in teacher Mary Martineau’s family," 2 July 2019 Some have likened such mechanics to gambling or pay-to-win. Los Angeles Times, "With ‘Sky,’ thatgamecompany’s Jenova Chen wants to fix what’s broken with games," 18 July 2019 In the minors, Cone didn’t budge on those mechanics when his coaches told him to change. Matt Martell,, "As MLB Continues to Evolve, So Does David Cone," 18 July 2019 What no one seemed interested in was Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, largely touted by one man, Dr. John Houbolt, who studied orbital mechanics and worked out of NASA’s Langley, Va. facility. Jamie Turner,, "11 things you might not know about Apollo 11 and the Space Race: Apollo 11 at 50," 17 July 2019 The gap between the BlueKeep bug and an actual BlueKeep hacking tool comes down in part to the vulnerability's finicky mechanics. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Why Microsoft’s BlueKeep Bug Hasn’t Wreaked Havoc—Yet," 17 July 2019 Including Griffin was also a matter of including D&D mechanics. Daniel Menegaz,, "The Adventure Zone," 16 July 2019 Every home mechanic needs a reliable socket set in their collection of tools. Seamus Bellamy, USA TODAY, "The best Prime Day tool, lawn, and home improvement deals," 15 July 2019

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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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