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Meaning of mechanism by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine"


    • IPA: /ˈmɛkənɪzm/, SAMPA: /"mEk@nIzm/


    mechanism ( plural: mechanisms )

    1. Within a machine or machinery; any mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion, or the transmission or control of power
    2. Any combination of cams, gears, links, belts, chains and logical mechanical elements
    3. A group of objects or parts that interact together. ( as in Political machine )
    4. A mental, physical, or chemical process .
    5. ( philosophy ) A theory that all natural phenomena can be explained by physical causes .

Explanation of mechanism by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the technical aspects of doing something

    2. a mechanism of social control
      mechanisms of communication
    3. device consisting of a piece of machinery

    4. the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes

    5. a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function

    6. the mechanism of the ear
      the mechanism of infection
    7. the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction

    8. he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions

    Definition of mechanism by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Mechanism n. [Cf. F. mécanisme, L. mechanisma. See Mechanic.]
      1. 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. The series of causal relations that operate to produce an effect in any system; as, “the mechanism of a chemical reaction”.

      3. Mechanical operation or action.

      He acknowledges nothing besides matter and motion; so that all must be performed either by mechanism or accident. Bentley.

      4. ( Kinematics ) An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.