What does mechanism mean?

Definitions for mechanismˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mechanism.

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


  1. Mechanism(n.)

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

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


  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

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


  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.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Honoré de Balzac:

    Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

  2. Lynn Helms:

    We're looking at a mechanism to require bonding of those operations.

  3. The President:

    There's no precedent for revoking a medal. We don't have that mechanism.

  4. Monique Barbut:

    People are making the only rational choice, to move as a coping mechanism.

  5. Peter Van de Vliet:

    About 30 to 40 out of 4,300 athletes for Rio are vulnerable to this mechanism.

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