me·​chan·​ics | \ mi-ˈka-niks How to pronounce mechanics (audio) \

Definition of mechanics

1 : a branch of physical science that deals with energy and forces and their effect on bodies
2 : the practical application of mechanics to the design, construction, or operation of machines or tools
3 : mechanical or functional details or procedure the mechanics of the brain

Examples of mechanics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Often, coaches will cite a breakdown in mechanics as the reason for such throws, but Kingsbury stopped short of that. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Why there's hope for the Arizona Cardinals dink and sink passing game over the next month," 7 Oct. 2020 Here's how old-school mechanics learned to chase leaks. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Find a Vacuum Leak," 2 Oct. 2020 Mascaro chose to serve in the infantry during his six-year enlistment, while Santoro and Verrill chose to be trained in aviation mechanics., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 2 Oct. 2020 Elevator mechanics build, install and repair freight and passenger elevators, often starting with an empty hole in a building. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Black construction workers in Bay Area say employers don’t stop abuse," 28 Sep. 2020 When Candice Dupree glides to her spot and knocks down a jumper, showcasing her smooth mechanics. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever's playoff hopes end after eighth straight loss," 9 Sep. 2020 Crew members also used four days on Marshall Lake for detailed boating and vehicle mechanics lessons, according to the release. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Precinct 4 road and bridge department ready to rescue people if needed during storm events," 26 Aug. 2020 Heying decided to remake her career after 20 years in social work, studying auto mechanics at Dunwoody College of Technology. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Nonprofit auto shop looks to expand to meet growing need after unrest in Minneapolis," 7 Aug. 2020 Because the game revolves around archetypal heroes, the loot doesn't drive significant differences in gameplay mechanics. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Avengers video game beta impressions: Destiny, this ain’t," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mechanics

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mechanics was in 1612

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16 Oct 2020

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“Mechanics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mechanics

: a science that deals with physical energy and forces and their effect on objects
: the details about how something works or is done


noun plural
me·​chan·​ics | \ mi-ˈka-niks How to pronounce mechanics (audio) \

Kids Definition of mechanics

1 : a science dealing with the action of forces on objects
2 : the way something works or things are done the mechanics of a watch the mechanics of writing
Hint: Mechanics can be used as a singular or as a plural in writing and speaking.


noun plural but singular or plural in construction
me·​chan·​ics | \ mi-ˈkan-iks How to pronounce mechanics (audio) \

Medical Definition of mechanics

: a branch of physical science that deals with energy and forces and their effect on material bodies

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