[muh-kan-i-kuh l]



Origin of mechanical

1375–1425; late Middle English, equivalent to mechanic mechanical + -al1; see mechanic
Related formsme·chan·i·cal·ly, adverbme·chan·i·cal·ness, me·chan·i·cal·i·ty, nounnon·me·chan·i·cal, adjectivenon·me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·chan·i·cal·ness, nounqua·si-me·chan·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·me·chan·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·me·chan·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverbun·me·chan·i·cal, adjectiveun·me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mechanical

Historical Examples of mechanical

  • The secretary's voice was mechanical, without any trace of feeling.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She shuddered, as with a mechanical movement she passed her fingers over her eyes.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • He went to bed with a mechanical deliberation, and slept instantly.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • The will-power is the same, but the mechanical contrivances for its transmission are wanting.

  • They are necessary sanctions; just as everything is necessary and may even be said to be mechanical.

British Dictionary definitions for mechanical



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


printing another name for camera-ready copy
archaic another word for mechanic (def. 2)
Derived Formsmechanicalism, nounmechanically, adverbmechanicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mechanical

early 15c., "of or pertaining to machines," from mechanic (adj.) + -al (1); of persons or human actions, "resembling machines, automatic" it is from c.1600. Related: Mechanically. Mechanical-minded is recorded from 1820.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mechanical in Medicine




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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