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
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Rank popularity for the word 'mechanism' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4178
Rank popularity for the word 'mechanism' in Nouns Frequency: #928
Translations for mechanism
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a (usually small) piece of machinery
a watch mechanism.
- mecanismoPortuguese (BR)
- der MechanismusGerman
- mekanisme; -mekanismeDanish
- mehhanism, -värkEstonian
- तरीका, यंत्र निर्माण कलाHindi
- (기계) 장치, 기계 부분Korean
- verk, maskineri, mekanismeNorwegian
- mekanizma, düzenekTurkish
- 機械裝置，機制Chinese (Trad.)
- механізм; конструкціяUkrainian
- چھوٹا مشینی نظامUrdu
- cơ cấuVietnamese
- 机械装置，机制，原理Chinese (Simp.)
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