- an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage.
- the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished.
- machinery or mechanical appliances in general.
- the structure or arrangement of parts of a machine or similar device, or of anything analogous.
- the mechanical part of something; any mechanical device: the mechanism of a clock.
- routine methods or procedures; mechanics: the mechanism of government.
- mechanical execution, as in painting or music; technique.
- the theory that everything in the universe is produced by matter in motion; materialism.Compare dynamism(def 1), vitalism(def 1).
- the view that all natural processes are explicable in terms of Newtonian mechanics.
- the view that all biological processes may be described in physicochemical terms.
- Psychoanalysis. the habitual operation and interaction of psychological forces within an individual that assist in interpreting or dealing with the physical or psychological environment.
Origin of mechanism
Examples from the Web for mechanism
Franck has not, as they say, spelled out a mechanism by which this could happen.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
The “tapping” mechanism is similar, like tapping someone on the shoulder via the Internet.Bigger, Bolder, and Better Than Ever: Steve Jobs Would Be Proud of Today's Apple
September 9, 2014
I mean, I recognize the mechanism; I know what it is as opposed to everything else.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
It is also used as a mechanism of revenge after a couple parts ways.So You Want to be a Porn Star? Inside the Sex Tape Phenomenon
July 19, 2014
Madison is at odds with Alexander Hamilton and puts in place the mechanism for an opposition political party.Dick and Lynne Cheney Play the Founding Fathers for Laughs
May 13, 2014
It is in his attempt to explain the mechanism that we believe Weissman fails.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
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He taught us to believe there is a God from the mechanism of the world.A Dish Of Orts
Before he went, he explained the mechanism of the Vagabond thoroughly to his friends.Slaves of Mercury
I could not operate the mechanism of invisibility of De Boer's X-flyer.
But the mechanism controlling the asteroid's invisibility was not destroyed.The Bluff of the Hawk
- a system or structure of moving parts that performs some function, esp in a machine
- something resembling a machine in the arrangement and working of its partsthe mechanism of the ear
- any form of mechanical device or any part of such a device
- a process or technique, esp of executionthe mechanism of novel writing
- the ways in which psychological forces interact and operate
- a structure having an influence on the behaviour of a person, such as a defence mechanism
Word Origin and History for mechanism
1660s, from Modern Latin mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine, instrument" (see machine (n.)).
- Any of a variety of usually unconscious mental processes used to protect oneself from shame, anxiety, loss of self-esteem, conflict, or other unacceptable feelings or thoughts, and including behaviors such as repression, projection, denial, and rationalization.
- immunological mechanism