mechanical

adjective
me·​chan·​i·​cal | \ mi-ˈka-ni-kəl How to pronounce mechanical (audio) \

Definition of mechanical

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1a(1) : of or relating to machinery (see machinery sense 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 sense 1) or machinists the mechanical trades
3a : 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
4a : 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

mechanical

noun

Definition of mechanical (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from mechanical

Adjective

mechanically \ mi-​ˈka-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mechanically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for mechanical

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonmechanical
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Adjective

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

Examples of mechanical in a Sentence

Adjective The flight was delayed because of mechanical problems. I was impressed by her mechanical know-how. She gave a mechanical reply. Copying down the numbers is a boring and mechanical job. The actor gave a stiff and mechanical performance.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That's one of the reasons why people who plan to regularly tow or haul need to consider the body-style configuration and mechanical specifications before making a final decision. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "How to Buy the Pickup Truck That Best Fits Your Lifestyle and Your Budget," 23 May 2020 The mechanical horse that kids could ride for a penny was taken away to its stall. Lee A. Dean, The Christian Science Monitor, "Grocery store chronicles: One worker’s experience on the front lines," 11 May 2020 Federal investigators found that Ford was not at fault for the crash, which was entirely mechanical. CBS News, "Harrison Ford investigated by FAA after piloting plane that wrongly crossed runway: "I'm terribly sorry"," 30 Apr. 2020 Sonically, the music popular on the platform trends mechanical, maniacal, and distorted—yet it’s used in ways that are reminiscent of folk traditions. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "A Return to the Original Purpose of Music," 9 Apr. 2020 In the Houston area, the most customary inspections include mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, and wood-destroying insects. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "On the Move: Houston newcomers need to know a few things when buying a stucco home," 29 Feb. 2020 Here are some of the most deafening things on Earth, both natural and mechanical, including the absolute biggest kabooms ever recorded. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Ranked: the loudest sounds ever measured," 3 Feb. 2020 Its chunky design comes complete with mechanical, satisfyingly resistant buttons, a transparent front flap—all the better to show off your impeccable music taste—and a clip for attaching it to your pocket. Paul Schrodt, WSJ, "Remember the Walkman? This Nostalgic Update Improves on a Classic," 30 Jan. 2020 Jobs are as varied as game and software developer, audio producer, animator, technical and grant writer, marketing and public relations specialist, and mechanical, electrical and chemical engineer. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Gig work: It’s on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mechanical

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of mechanical was in the 15th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mechanical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mechanical. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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mechanical

adjective
How to pronounce mechanical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mechanical

: of or relating to machinery
: having or using machinery
disapproving : happening or done without thought or without any effort to be different or interesting

mechanical

adjective
me·​chan·​i·​cal | \ mi-ˈka-ni-kəl How to pronounce mechanical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mechanical

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

Other Words from mechanical

mechanically adverb

mechanical

adjective
me·​chan·​i·​cal | \ mi-ˈkan-i-kəl How to pronounce mechanical (audio) \

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

Other Words from mechanical

mechanically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mechanically (audio) \ adverb

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