Definitions for mechanismˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mech•an•ismˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm(n.)
an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion.
the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished.
machinery; mechanical appliances.
the structure or arrangement of parts of a machine or similar device.
routine methods or procedures.
the theory that everything in the universe is produced by matter in motion.
Ref: Compare dynamism (def. 1) 1 , vitalism(def. 1) 1 .
the view that all biological processes may be described in physicochemical terms.
a mode of behavior that helps an individual deal with the physical or psychological environment.
Ref: Compare defense mechanism, escape mechanism.
Origin of mechanism:
1655–65; < NL mēchanismus a contrivance 蠐 Gk mēchan(ḗ)machine+ NL -ismus, -ism
mechanism, chemical mechanism(noun)
the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction
"he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"
the technical aspects of doing something
"a mechanism of social control"; "mechanisms of communication"; "the mechanics of prose style"
a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function
"the mechanism of the ear"; "the mechanism of infection"
(philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
mechanism(noun)ˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm
a device or part of a machine
The clock has a very simple mechanism.
mechanismˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm
a way of achieving sth
a mechanism for coping with bad news
Within a machine or machinery; any mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion, or the transmission or control of power
Any combination of cams, gears, links, belts, chains and logical mechanical elements
A group of objects or parts that interact together. (as in Political machine)
A mental, physical or chemical process.
A theory that all natural phenomena can be explained by physical causes.
Origin: From mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"
the arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod
mechanical operation or action
an ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements
A mechanism is a device designed to transform input forces and movement into a desired set of output forces and movement. Mechanisms generally consist of moving components such as gears and gear trains, belt and chain drives, cam and follower mechanisms, and linkages as well as friction devices such as brakes and clutches, and structural components such as the frame, fasteners, bearings, springs, lubricants and seals, as well as a variety of specialized machine elements such as splines, pins and keys. The German scientist Reuleaux provides the definition "a machine is a combination of resistant bodies so arranged that by their means the mechanical forces of nature can be compelled to do work accompanied by certain determinate motion." In this context, his use of machine is generally interpreted to mean mechanism. The combination of force and movement defines power, and a mechanism is designed to manage power in order to achieve a desired set of forces and movement. A mechanism is usually a piece of a larger process or mechanical system. Sometimes an entire machine may be referred to as a mechanism.
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Translations for mechanism
From our Multilingual Dictionary
- mecanismeCatalan, Valencian
- mekanismo, meĥanismoEsperanto
- механизам, mehanizamSerbo-Croatian
- [[sistem]], [[düzenek]], [[mekanizma]]Turkish
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