me·​chan·​ic | \mi-ˈka-nik \

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

Tom Flanagan, the Brewers farm director, also swings by to talk about the mechanics of his position and discusses a number of intriguing prospects in the organization. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers Podcast: Chatting with Jesus Aguilar and farm director Tom Flanagan, plus why are the Brewers so hesitant to use the 10-day DL?," 2 July 2018 What’s certain is that humans can glean much about the mechanics of communication from our fellow earth-dwellers. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Some Animals Take Turns While Talking, Just Like Humans. Why?," 20 June 2018 Teigen has also talked candidly about the mechanics of giving birth (and what happens, having stretch marks, and living with postpartum depression. Melissa Minton, Glamour, "Women Are Living For This Photo of Chrissy Teigen Breast-Pumping on the Way to Dinner," 18 June 2018 He was highly appreciated by his commanding officers who knew nothing about mechanics and pleaded with him to stay in when his tour of duty was over. Hartford Courant,, "Donald E. Carlson," 2 May 2018 Viewing space structures with that equation can lend new insights into how galaxies evolve, as well as reveal clues about the mechanics of the early solar system and the action of rings circling distant planets, a new study reports. Sarah Lewin,, "Massive Space Structures Have Surprising Connection to Quantum Mechanics Math," 5 Mar. 2018 Secrets of the Empire strives to re-create a very familiar world with a real sense of peril; The Void’s latest horror title, Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment, embraces a dense backstory and puzzle mechanics. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Void’s Ralph Breaks VR puts players inside a giant interactive Disney movie," 21 Nov. 2018 The former mechanic and bar manager remains the primary witness to the crime. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "UK couple poisoned by Novichok were contaminated after handling perfume bottle that broke, family member says," 22 July 2018 However, the majority of the positions at the facility will be part-time: Of the total, about 700 will be full-time jobs, including drivers, mechanics and managers. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "UPS hiring thousands of workers for massive hub on westside of Atlanta," 11 July 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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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 \

Kids Definition of mechanic

: a person who makes or repairs machines

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