What does mechanical mean?

Definitions for mechanicalməˈkæn ɪ kəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mechanical.

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mechanical in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mechanical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Reginald Blyth:

    If all men lead mechanical, unpoetical lifes, this is the real nihilism, the real undoing of the world.

  2. P. J. O'Rourke:

    There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.

  3. Kevin Walsh:

    It is implausible to the extreme that an automatic, incidental, mechanical activity that largely saw no human contact could rise to the level of genocidal violation.

  4. Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde:

    Civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

  5. Ariel Adams:

    Highly complicated mechanical watches add value but also fragility and potential service problems, those with very complicated timepieces are advised to have a few of them so that they have something else to wear if they need to be repaired.

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