mechanical

[muh-kan-i-kuh l]

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. meccano,
  2. mech.,
  3. mechan-,
  4. mechanic,
  5. mechanic's lien,
  6. mechanical advantage,
  7. mechanical alternation,
  8. mechanical antidote,
  9. mechanical bank,
  10. mechanical drawing

Origin of mechanical

1375–1425; late Middle English, equivalent to mechanic mechanical + -al1; see mechanic

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for mechanical

mechanical

adjective

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

noun

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

mechanical

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for mechanical

mechanical

[mĭ-kănĭ-kəl]

adj.

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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