Definitions for mechanicalməˈkæn ɪ kəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mechanical(adj)

    using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices

    "a mechanical process"; "his smile was very mechanical"; "a mechanical toy"

  2. mechanical, mechanically skillful(adj)

    relating to or concerned with machinery or tools

    "mechanical arts"; "mechanical design"; "mechanical skills"

  3. mechanical(adj)

    relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics

    "a belief that the universe is a mechanical contrivance"; "the mechanical pressure of a strong wind"


  1. Mechanical(a.)

    Pertaining to, governed by, or in accordance with, mechanics, or the laws of motion; pertaining to the quantitative relations of force and matter on a macroscopic scale, as distinguished from mental, vital, chemical, electrical, electronic, atomic etc.; as, mechanical principles; a mechanical theory; especially, using only the interactions of solid parts against each other; as mechanical brakes, in contrast to hydraulic brakes.

  2. Origin: [From Mechanic, a.]


  1. mechanical(Adjective)

    Characteristic of someone who does manual labour for a living; coarse, vulgar.

  2. mechanical(Adjective)

    Related to mechanics .

    mechanical engineering

  3. mechanical(Adjective)

    Related to mechanics .

    mechanical engineering

  4. mechanical(Adjective)

    Done by machine.

    mechanical task

  5. mechanical(Adjective)

    Using mechanics : being a machine.

    mechanical arm

  6. mechanical(Adjective)

    As if performed by a machine: lifeless or mindless.

    a mechanical reply to a question

  7. mechanical(Adjective)

    Acting as if one were a machine: lifeless or mindless.

    The pianist was too mechanical.

  8. mechanical(Adjective)

    Handy with machines.

    Why don't you ask Joe to fix it? He's very mechanical.

  9. Origin: From mechanicus .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mechanical(adj)

    pertaining to, governed by, or in accordance with, mechanics, or the laws of motion; pertaining to the quantitative relations of force and matter, as distinguished from mental, vital, chemical, etc.; as, mechanical principles; a mechanical theory; mechanical deposits

  2. Mechanical(adj)

    of or pertaining to a machine or to machinery or tools; made or formed by a machine or with tools; as, mechanical precision; mechanical products

  3. Mechanical(adj)

    done as if by a machine; uninfluenced by will or emotion; proceeding automatically, or by habit, without special intention or reflection; as, mechanical singing; mechanical verses; mechanical service

  4. Mechanical(adj)

    made and operated by interaction of forces without a directing intelligence; as, a mechanical universe

  5. Mechanical(adj)

    obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate; empirical. See the 2d Note under Geometric

  6. Mechanical(noun)

    a mechanic

  7. Origin: [From Mechanic, a.]


  1. Mechanical

    A mechanical is any of the six characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream who perform the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe. Named for their occupations as skilled manual laborers, they are a group of amateur actors from around Athens, looking to make names for themselves by having their production chosen among several acts as the courtly entertainment for the royal wedding party of Theseus and Hippolyta. The biggest ham among them, Bottom, becomes the unlikely object of interest for love-potion-charmed fairy queen Titania after he is turned into a monster with the head, eyes and ears of an ass by the servant-spirit Puck. These kinds of characters were traditionally portrayed by clowns, which most Elizabethan theatres had in their employ.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mechanical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4504

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mechanical' in Adjectives Frequency: #605

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Forster Jones:

    Everything is mechanical, everything is state of the art.

  2. Wolfgang Buechele:

    Especially German plant and mechanical engineers could benefit from it.

  3. Augustus Granville:

    women are “unsuited by nature for all scientific mechanical employment”.

  4. Thomas Wang:

    Either someone reduced it or something else happened, a mechanical failure, we don't know.

  5. Richard Feynman:

    You put the mechanical surgeon inside the blood vessel and it goes into the heart and 'looks' around.

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