What does mechanism mean?

Definitions for mechanism
ˈmɛk əˌnɪz əmmech·a·nism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mechanism, chemical mechanismnoun

    the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction

    "he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"

  2. mechanism, mechanicsnoun

    the technical aspects of doing something

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

  3. mechanismnoun

    a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function

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

  4. mechanismnoun

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

  5. mechanismnoun

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

GCIDE

  1. Mechanismnoun

    The series of causal relations that operate to produce an effect in any system; as, the mechanism of a chemical reaction.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. mcanisme, L. mechanisma. See Mechanic.]

Wiktionary

  1. mechanismnoun

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

    Etymology: From mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"

  2. mechanismnoun

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

    Etymology: From mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"

  3. mechanismnoun

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

    Etymology: From mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"

  4. mechanismnoun

    A mental, physical or chemical process.

    Etymology: From mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"

  5. mechanismnoun

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

    Etymology: From mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mechanismnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. mcanisme, L. mechanisma. See Mechanic.]

  2. Mechanismnoun

    mechanical operation or action

    Etymology: [Cf. F. mcanisme, L. mechanisma. See Mechanic.]

  3. Mechanismnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. mcanisme, L. mechanisma. See Mechanic.]

Freebase

  1. Mechanism

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. mechanism

    The elements of a system and how they connect together.

    The mechanism for stability within the European Union was simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 27, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mechanism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mechanism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mechanism in a Sentence

  1. Frank Herbert:

    The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    A vaccine requirement for a person getting on the plane is just another level of getting people to have a mechanism that would spur them to get vaccinated; namely, you can't get on a plane unless you're vaccinated, which is just another one of the ways of getting requirements, whatever that might be.

  3. Mike Pence:

    The president believes we're in a very strong position, we could put more tariffs on if we're not able to reach an agreement. The manner in which tariffs would come off is going to be a part of the enforcement mechanism and all of that is the subject of negotiations as we talk.

  4. Steven Rhodes:

    Chapter 9 provides a focus, a mechanism, an urgency, and a supervision that's lacking without it.

  5. De Filippis ':

    This study cannot determine whether the Zika virus identified in these two cases was the cause of microcephaly in the babies, until we understand the biological mechanism linking Zika virus to microcephaly, we cannot be certain that one causes the other.

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