Definitions for mechanismˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mech•an•ismˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm(n.)

  1. an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion.

    Category: Machinery

  2. the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished.

  3. machinery; mechanical appliances.

    Category: Machinery

  4. the structure or arrangement of parts of a machine or similar device.

    Category: Machinery

  5. routine methods or procedures.

  6. the theory that everything in the universe is produced by matter in motion.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare dynamism (def. 1) 1 , vitalism(def. 1) 1 .

  7. the view that all biological processes may be described in physicochemical terms.

    Category: Philosphy

  8. a mode of behavior that helps an individual deal with the physical or psychological environment.

    Category: Psychiatry

    Ref: Compare defense mechanism, escape mechanism.

Origin of mechanism:

1655–65; < NL mēchanismus a contrivance 蠐 Gk mēchan(ḗ)machine+ NL -ismus, -ism

mech`a•nis′mic(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mechanism, chemical mechanism(noun)

    the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction

    "he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"

  2. mechanism, mechanics(noun)

    the technical aspects of doing something

    "a mechanism of social control"; "mechanisms of communication"; "the mechanics of prose style"

  3. mechanism(noun)

    a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function

    "the mechanism of the ear"; "the mechanism of infection"

  4. mechanism(noun)

    (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes

  5. mechanism(noun)

    device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mechanism(noun)ˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm

    a device or part of a machine

    The clock has a very simple mechanism.

  2. mechanismˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm

    a way of achieving sth

    a mechanism for coping with bad news

Wiktionary

  1. mechanism(Noun)

    Within a machine or machinery; any mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion, or the transmission or control of power

  2. mechanism(Noun)

    Any combination of cams, gears, links, belts, chains and logical mechanical elements

  3. mechanism(Noun)

    A group of objects or parts that interact together. (as in Political machine)

  4. mechanism(Noun)

    A mental, physical or chemical process.

  5. mechanism(Noun)

    A theory that all natural phenomena can be explained by physical causes.

  6. Origin: From mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mechanism(noun)

    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

  2. Mechanism(noun)

    mechanical operation or action

  3. Mechanism(noun)

    an ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mechanism' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3348

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mechanism' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4178

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mechanism' in Nouns Frequency: #928


Translations for mechanism

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

mechanism(noun)

a (usually small) piece of machinery

a watch mechanism.

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