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

In fact, much of this surrounding neighborhood is home to industrial warehouses such as sheet metal contractors and mechanic shops. Lara Korte, WSJ, "New York Sees Boom in Craft Breweries, With More on Tap," 12 July 2018 Weaknesses • Knox made only 34.1% of his three-pointers, but has solid shooting mechanics and should become more consistent with more repetitions. Heather Boehm,, "Knicks Select Kevin Knox II with No. 9 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 Our platform is a viral mechanic to have the fans ticket the show. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Former Songkick, Taylor Swift Digital Execs Launch Project Admission, a Data-Driven Ticketing Venture," 5 July 2018 But Erie manager Andrew Graham believes the problem is mechanics. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers prospect Jake Rogers: Where did his power go?," 12 June 2018 Michael Thompson, 67, of San Antonio, was a jet mechanic on aircraft carriers during two Vietnam duty tours. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Congress considering benefits for Navy vets with Agent Orange exposure," 2 June 2018 Winchester carefully and entertainingly furthers his story from mechanics to precision to hyper-precision of the kind that, for example, led to the great line of Leica lenses prized by photographers for decades. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Perfectionists' manages to make precision engineering fascinating," 11 May 2018 His success must come from mechanics and tenacity, which would apply more at nickel defensive tackle. Andy Benoit,, "NFL Draft Needs: All 32 Teams," 25 Apr. 2018 Her boyfriend at the time was a Moto Guzzi mechanic. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Rachel Kushner’s Immersive Fiction," 23 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of mechanic

: a person who makes or repairs machines

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