[ muh-kan-ik ]
/ məˈkæn ɪk /
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a person who repairs and maintains machinery, motors, etc.: an automobile mechanic.
a worker who is skilled in the use of tools, machines, equipment, etc.
Slang. a person skilled in the dishonest handling of cards, dice, or other objects used in games of chance.



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Origin of mechanic

1350–1400; Middle English: mechanical <Latin mēchanicus<Greek mēchanikós, equivalent to mēchan() machine + -ikos-ic
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British Dictionary definitions for mechanic

/ (mɪˈkænɪk) /


a person skilled in maintaining or operating machinery, motors, etc
archaic a common labourer

Word Origin for mechanic

C14: from Latin mēchanicus, from Greek mēkhanikos, from mēkhanē machine
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