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mechanical

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adjective me·chan·i·cal \ mi-ˈka-ni-kəl \

Definition of mechanical

1 a (1) :of or relating to machinery (see machinery 1) or tools
  • mechanical applications of science
  • a mechanical genius
  • mechanical aptitude
(2) :produced or operated by a machine or tool
  • mechanical power
  • a mechanical refrigerator
  • a mechanical saw
b :of or relating to manual operations
2 :of or relating to artisans (see artisan 1) or machinists
  • the mechanical trades
3 a :done as if by machine :seemingly uninfluenced by the mind or emotions :automatic
  • busy in a leisurely mechanical way
  • —Douglas Stewart
b :of or relating to technicalities or petty matters
  • nor was any capacity shown for anything above a mechanical handling of the matter
  • —H. O. Taylor
4 a :relating to, governed by, or in accordance with the principles of mechanics
  • mechanical energy
b :relating to the quantitative relations of force and matter
  • mechanical pressure of wind on a tower
5 :caused by, resulting from, or relating to a process that involves a purely physical as opposed to a chemical or biological change or process
  • mechanical erosion of rock

mechanically

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Examples of mechanical in a Sentence

  1. The flight was delayed because of mechanical problems.

  2. I was impressed by her mechanical know-how.

  3. She gave a mechanical reply.

  4. Copying down the numbers is a boring and mechanical job.

  5. The actor gave a stiff and mechanical performance.

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First Known Use of mechanical

15th century

Synonym Discussion of mechanical

spontaneous, impulsive, instinctive, automatic, mechanical mean acting or activated without deliberation. spontaneous implies lack of prompting and connotes naturalness.
    • a spontaneous burst of applause
impulsive implies acting under stress of emotion or spirit of the moment.
    • impulsive acts of violence
instinctive stresses action involving neither judgment nor will.
    • blinking is an instinctive reaction
automatic implies action engaging neither the mind nor the emotions and connotes a predictable response.
    • his denial was automatic
mechanical stresses the lifeless, often perfunctory character of the response.
    • a mechanical teaching method

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mechanical

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Definition of mechanical

1 obsolete :mechanic 1
2 :a piece of finished copy consisting typically of type proofs and artwork positioned and mounted for photomechanical reproduction

First Known Use of mechanical

1600

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MECHANICAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mechanical for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to machinery

  • : having or using machinery

  • : happening or done without thought or without any effort to be different or interesting


MECHANICAL Defined for Kids

mechanical

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adjective me·chan·i·cal \ mi-ˈka-ni-kəl \

Definition of mechanical for Students

1 :of or relating to machinery
  • He has mechanical skill.
2 :made or operated by a machine
  • a mechanical toy
3 :done or produced as if by a machine
  • Charles Wallace … started to walk in a strange, gliding, mechanical manner.
  • —Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

mechanically

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Medical Dictionary

mechanical

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adjective me·chan·i·cal \ mi-ˈkan-i-kəl \

medical Definition of mechanical

1 :relating to the quantitative relations of force and matter
  • mechanical pressure exerted by the bubbles in the tissues
  • —H. G. Armstrong
2 :caused by, resulting from, or relating to physical as opposed to biological or chemical processes or change
  • mechanical injury
  • mechanical asphyxiation

mechanically

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