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 Also known as gamification, the effort incorporates game mechanics into a task or goal, such as saving money in a checking account, in order to motivate current users and attract new ones. Suman Bhattacharyya, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Despite a shortage of talented racing mechanics and crewmembers that has been drained by the rapid growth of more racing teams in all series, the Indianapolis 500 got its 33rd entry. Bruce Martin, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Rachel Rothman, chief technologist and head engineer, has a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics with a mathematics minor from the University of Pennsylvania and has been at GH for 14 years. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2022 The team’s designers, aerodynamicists, race engineers, strategists and mechanics, will wear the watch on race day in recognition of the partnership. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 In halls the size of airplane hangars, mechanics and technicians at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann currently work just one flexible shift, updating and repairing tanks and armored vehicles used by the armed forces of 19 countries. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Nintendo’s Wii and DS consoles are often credited with opening the gates to casual players, launching a new wave of software aimed at audiences unfamiliar with video game genre tropes and mechanics. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 District mechanics are driving school buses to fill in vacancies, and some students are arriving to school late because their bus driver has to cover for a second route. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 The 32,000-square-foot store is a fraction of the size of a standard Walmart, allowing for a quick feedback loop when testing new mechanics for both stores. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mechanics

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Mechanics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for mechanics


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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