- having to do with machinery: a mechanical failure.
- being a machine; operated by machinery: a mechanical toy.
- caused by or derived from machinery: mechanical propulsion.
- using machine parts only.
- brought about by friction, abrasion, etc.: a mechanical bond between stones; mechanical erosion.
- pertaining to the design, use, understanding, etc., of tools and machinery: the mechanical trades; mechanical ability.
- acting or performed without spontaneity, spirit, individuality, etc.: a mechanical performance.
- habitual; routine; automatic: Practice that step until it becomes mechanical.
- belonging or pertaining to the subject matter of mechanics.
- pertaining to, or controlled or effected by, physical forces.
- (of a philosopher or philosophical theory) explaining phenomena as due to mechanical action or the material forces of the universe.
- subordinating the spiritual to the material; materialistic.
- a mechanical object, part, device, etc.
- Printing. a sheet of stiff paper on which has been pasted artwork and type proofs for making a printing plate; paste-up.
- Obsolete. a skilled manual laborer, as a carpenter or other artisan.
Origin of mechanical
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- made, performed, or operated by or as if by a machine or machinerya mechanical process
- concerned with machines or machinery
- relating to or controlled or operated by physical forces
- of or concerned with mechanics
- (of a gesture, etc) automatic; lacking thought, feeling, etc
- philosophy accounting for phenomena by physically determining forces
- (of paper, such as newsprint) made from pulp that has been mechanically ground and contains impurities
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Word Origin and History for mechanically
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Operated or produced by a mechanism or machine.
- Relating to, produced by, or dominated by physical forces.
- Interpreting and explaining the phenomena of the universe by referring to causally determined material forces; mechanistic.
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