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

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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

automatic, instinctive, instinctual, involuntary, knee-jerk, mechanic, robotic, spontaneous

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

For the other, the hope is a mechanical adjustment will add a little more offense to some steady defense. Pat Rooney, The Denver Post, "CU basketball’s Kountz, Parquet accepting the freshman-to-sophomore learning curve," 10 June 2019 As owner, founder and president of CNG Engineering, Wiltshire, 51, manages a staff of 25 that does mechanical, electrical and plumbing design work. Megan Rodriguez, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio engineering firm owner talks projects, faith, family and Austin," 10 June 2019 Nearly three dozen mechanical and electrical issues may have briefly interrupted service for numerous New Orleans drainage pumps during heavy rains this spring that caused street flooding, according to Sewerage & Water Board activity logs. Beau Evans, nola.com, "Operator logs show more S&WB power, pump issues than first disclosed," 9 June 2019 Annual Calendar with Flyback Chronograph features a self-winding, mechanical movement and sunburst dial in a 42mm case of 18-karat rose gold; $65,770, at Patek Philippe at Geary’s, Beverly Hills, and Wempe Jewelers, New York. 2. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Father's Day Gift Guide: Top Choices for Execs, Stars, Agents, Writers and Directors," 7 June 2019 Worse, when a station’s battery runs out, the electronic boxes that allow users to unlock bikes—even mechanical ones—exhaust their own batteries by trying and failing to connect to the station. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Famed Parisian Bike Network Rolls Into a Ditch," 26 Apr. 2018 But some physicists see advantages to replacing the microwave resonator with a mechanical one that rings with quantized vibrations, or phonons. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Weird vibrations poised to control quantum computers," 14 Mar. 2018 Advertising Denise Owens’ first exposure to curling was through a mechanical misfortune during the ’90s. Danny Martin, The Seattle Times, "Ohio curlers at home in International Bonspiel," 13 Apr. 2019 One hypothesis is that the sulci — the grooves on the surface of the brain — experience high mechanical stress during an injury and burst open pockets of tau. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 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 1

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

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mechanical

adjective

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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