What does mechanic mean?

Definitions for mechanic
məˈkæn ɪkme·chan·ic

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mechanic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. machinist, mechanic, shop mechanicnoun

    a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools

  2. automobile mechanic, auto-mechanic, car-mechanic, mechanic, grease monkeyadjective

    someone whose occupation is repairing and maintaining automobiles

  3. mechanicadjective

    resembling the action of a machine

    "from blank to blank a threadless way I pushed mechanic feet"- Emily Dickenson


  1. Mechanicnoun

    A mechanician; an artisan; an artificer; one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping and uniting materials, as wood, metal, etc., into any kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools, or instruments. Also, a technician who maintains or repairs machinery; as, an auto mechanic.


  1. mechanicnoun

    A skilled worker capable of building or repairing machinery. A mechanic can be compared to a technician, the distinction being that the technician is stronger in theory, the mechanic stronger in hands-on experience.

  2. Etymology: From mechanike, from mecanique, from mechanicus, from μηχανικός, from μηχανή; see machine.


  1. Mechanic

    A mechanic is an artisan, skilled tradesperson, or technician who uses tools to build, maintain, or repair machinery, especially cars.


  1. mechanic

    A mechanic is a skilled tradesperson who specializes in maintaining and repairing machinery, typically automobiles, and various mechanical equipment. They use specialized tools to diagnose and fix issues that affect the operation or performance of mechanical systems. Mechanics can be categorized into several types such as auto mechanics, aircraft mechanics, heavy machinery mechanics, etc., based on the type of machinery they work with.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mechanicadjective

    the art of the application of the laws of motion or force to construction

  2. Mechanicadjective

    a mechanician; an artisan; an artificer; one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping and uniting materials, as wood, metal, etc., into any kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools, or instruments

  3. Mechanicadjective

    having to do with the application of the laws of motion in the art of constructing or making things; of or pertaining to mechanics; mechanical; as, the mechanic arts

  4. Mechanicadjective

    of or pertaining to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar

  5. Mechanicadjective


  6. Etymology: [F. mcanique, L. mechanicus, Gr. mhchaniko`s, fr. mhchanh` a machine. See Machine.]


  1. Mechanic

    A mechanic is a tradesman, craftsman, or technician who uses tools to build or repair machinery. Many mechanics are specialized in a particular field such as auto mechanics, bicycle mechanics, motorcycle mechanics, boiler mechanics, general mechanics, industrial maintenance mechanics, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, aircraft mechanics, diesel mechanics, and tank mechanics in the armed services. Auto mechanics, for example, have many trades within. Some may specialize in the electrical aspects, while others may specialize in the mechanical aspects. Other areas include: brakes and steering, automatic or standard transmission, engine repairs or diagnosing customer complaints. An auto technician has a wide variety of topics to study. A mechanic is typically certified by a trade association or regional government power.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mechanic

    -al, me-kan′ik, -al, adj. pertaining to machines or mechanics: constructed according to the laws of mechanics: possessing mechanical talent: acting by physical power: done by a machine: pertaining to artisans: done simply by force of habit, slavish, artificial: vulgar.—n. Mechan′ic, one engaged in a mechanical trade: an artisan—(Shak.) Mechan′ical.—adv. Mechan′ically.—ns. Mechanic′ian, Mech′anist, a machine-maker: one skilled in mechanics; Mechan′ics, the science which treats of machines: the science which treats of the nature of forces and of their action on bodies, either directly or by the agency of machinery.—v.t. Mech′anise, to make mechanical: to work out the details of a machine.—ns. Mech′anism, the construction of a machine: the arrangement and action of its parts, by which it produces a given result; Mech′anograph, a copy, esp. of a work of art produced by a mechanical process on a machine.—adj. Mech′anographic.—ns. Mechanog′raphist; Mechanog′raphy, the art of multiplying copies of a writing or work of art by means of a machine; Mechanol′ogy, a treatise on mechanics: the knowledge of such.—Mechanical effect, work produced by the use of mechanical power; Mechanical philosophy, the principles of mechanics applied to solve questions or phenomena involving force; Mechanical powers, the elementary forms or parts of machines—three primary, the lever, inclined plane, and pulley; and three secondary, the wheel-and-axle, the wedge, and the screw.—Mechanics' institute, an institution for mechanics, with lectures, library, museum, &c. [O. Fr.,—L. mechanicus; Gr. mēchanikosmēchane, a contrivance.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mechanic is ranked #75564 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mechanic surname appeared 255 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mechanic.

    87.4% or 223 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 13 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.1% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mechanic' in Nouns Frequency: #2721

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mechanic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mechanic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mechanic in a Sentence

  1. Confucius:

    The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

  2. Maria Menounos:

    We’re caretakers as women and we put ourselves last, i tell people all the time if your car is making a weird noise, you take it to the mechanic. How come when our body is making weird noises, we ignore it? I’m so lucky that I went to the doctor and raised the alarm.

  3. Charles Cooley:

    It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity.

  4. T.D:

    Like I said, everyone wants to have a happy ending. Life leads us different paths and scenarios. We make mistakes that are often unforgivable. Someone once told me that everything could be fixed. I agree with this but I have one question. What if I'm not a mechanic?

  5. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov:

    If we find where to sell it, together with the Russian party, and recoup the funds we would pay, that would be the best solution, every other option is way more complicated... To decide now to build a Russian reactor when Russia is under sanctions. You can imagine what access every engineer or mechanic who comes here would have and what additional problems Bulgaria would face.

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