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 This is a time of exploration where corporate leaders can become true participant observers and absorb themselves in the very mechanics of anxiety concerning the world of work. Jonathan Kaufman, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 But as a critic, too, Poe searched for meaning in mechanics. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 11 June 2021 At the bike college, older students learn to repair high-end and electric bikes, make sportswear, and build road safety apps, and can earn a qualification in bicycle mechanics alongside a high-school diploma. Anastasia Moloney, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2021 He also was competed on the international circuit, where he was trained in bicycle mechanics. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 The first problem, Kadambi says, is physical bias, which is inherent in the mechanics of the device. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 27 May 2021 Holmes figures his interest in pitching mechanics began relatively early in his major league career. Nathan Ruiz,, 13 May 2021 Needs to continue to hammer in route-running mechanics. USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2021 Unlike Kubrick, Tarkovsky showed little interest in the mechanics of space travel, dwelling instead on the haunted memories and unresolved conflicts of his protagonist. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Mechanics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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 in form 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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