non·​me·​chan·​i·​cal ˌnän-mi-ˈka-ni-kəl How to pronounce nonmechanical (audio)
: not mechanical: such as
: not of, relating to, or involving machinery
nonmechanical solid-state drives
extricated from the vehicle by nonmechanical means
: caused by a chemical or biological as opposed to a purely physical change or process
nonmechanical causes of erosion
nonmechanical back pain

Examples of nonmechanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of traditional miners in Colombia’s Chocó region have long engaged in small-scale, nonmechanical gold mining with low environmental impact. Lindsey McGinnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2021 Passive home designers start by channeling very basic, traditional techniques to heat and cool a home using nonmechanical means where possible., 13 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonmechanical was in 1851

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“Nonmechanical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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