[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

Related Words for mechanically


Examples from the Web for mechanically

Contemporary Examples of mechanically

Historical Examples of mechanically

  • Mechanically, you raise your hand to lift away your optimistic spectacles.

  • Then, mechanically, his hand went to the lamp on the table back of the couch.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Before she had repeated them mechanically, for not until now did she need them.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Mechanically she took from the wardrobe a hooded cloak, put it about her, and left the room.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • They halted, mechanically and abruptly; every eye was turned to the beloved scene.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for mechanically



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 mechanically



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

mechanically 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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