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

New multiplayer mechanics are subtle but make multiplayer more accessible to more players. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale!," 19 Oct. 2018 Our store clerk decides to use the money to open a homeless shelter; the alien mechanic gets up the nerve to ask the stranger out for dinner. The Seattle Times, "Tips to take your writing to the next level," 30 July 2018 The game’s core mechanic is so arbitrary and unfair that a good game of Sorry! quickly devolves into a series of maddening reversals and betrayals. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Sorry! Is the Dumb Children’s Board Game That’s Fun If You Talk a Lot of Trash," 4 July 2018 The Ghost Island mechanic itself seemed like a fascinating addition, and the introduction of historical items was a fun way for the show to integrate its storied past. Stephen Fishbach,, "Wendell Holland Wins Survivor After First-Ever Tie Vote," 23 May 2018 To prepare for inspections, ride mechanics tested train car wheels, motors, wiring, safety bars and more. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "For The 172nd Time, Lake Compounce Will Kick Off A Fresh Season," 4 May 2018 The details are numbingly complex, but the mechanics are straightforward. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The mechanics of how the men who rule Gilead came to power aren’t nearly as important to The Handmaid’s Tale as the people who, willingly or not, keep the regime running. Ellen Gray,, "Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' is the one TV show right now that refuses to be a distraction," 28 June 2018 Effler says that when the study was first conducted more than 30 years ago, cars had fewer bells and whistles, so the survey did usually just evaluate the mechanics. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 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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