mechanical

[ muh-kan-i-kuh l ]
/ məˈkæn ɪ kəl /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for mechanical

mechanical

/ (mɪˈkænɪkəl) /

adjective

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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