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mechanics

[muh-kan-iks]
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noun
  1. (used with a singular verb) the branch of physics that deals with the action of forces on bodies and with motion, comprised of kinetics, statics, and kinematics.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the theoretical and practical application of this science to machinery, mechanical appliances, etc.
  3. (usually used with a plural verb) the technical aspect or working part; mechanism; structure.
  4. (usually used with a plural verb) routine or basic methods, procedures, techniques, or details: the mechanics of running an office; the mechanics of baseball.
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Origin of mechanics

First recorded in 1640–50; see origin at mechanic, -ics

mechanic

[muh-kan-ik]
noun
  1. a person who repairs and maintains machinery, motors, etc.: an automobile mechanic.
  2. a worker who is skilled in the use of tools, machines, equipment, etc.
  3. 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(ḗ) machine + -ikos -ic
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mechanics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of science, divided into statics, dynamics, and kinematics, concerned with the equilibrium or motion of bodies in a particular frame of referenceSee also quantum mechanics, wave mechanics, statistical mechanics
  2. (functioning as singular) the science of designing, constructing, and operating machines
  3. the working parts of a machine
  4. the technical aspects of somethingthe mechanics of poetic style
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mechanic

noun
  1. a person skilled in maintaining or operating machinery, motors, etc
  2. archaic a common labourer
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin mēchanicus, from Greek mēkhanikos, from mēkhanē machine
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Word Origin and History for mechanics

n.

1640s, based on Late Latin mechanica, from Greek mekhanike, mekhanika (see mechanic (adj.)); also see -ics.

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mechanic

adj.

late 14c., "pertaining to or involving mechanical labor" (now usually mechanical), also "having to do with tools," from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mekhanikos "full of resources, inventive, ingenious," literally "mechanical, pertaining to machines," from mekhane (see machine (n.)). Meaning "of the nature of or pertaining to machines" is from 1620s.

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mechanic

n.

"manual laborer," late 14c., from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mekhanikos "an engineer," noun use of adjective meaning "full of resources, inventive, ingenious" (see mechanic (adj.)). Sense of "one who is employed in manual labor, a handicraft worker, an artisan" (chief sense through early 19c.) is attested from 1560s. Sense of "skilled workman who is concerned with making or repair of machinery" is from 1660s, but not the main sense until the rise of the automobile.

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mechanics in Medicine

mechanics

(mĭ-kănĭks)
n.
  1. The branch of physics concerned with the analysis of the action of forces on matter or material systems.
  2. The design, construction, and use of machinery or of mechanical structures.
  3. The functional and technical aspects of an activity.
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mechanics in Science

mechanics

[mĭ-kănĭks]
  1. The branch of physics concerned with the relationships between matter, force, and energy, especially as they affect the motion of objects. See also classical physics quantum mechanics.
  2. The functional aspect of a system, such as the mechanics of blood circulation.
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mechanics in Culture

mechanics

The branch of physics that deals with the motion of material objects. The term mechanics generally refers to the motion of large objects, whereas the study of motion at the level of the atom or smaller is the domain of quantum mechanics.

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Note

The basic laws of mechanics are Newton's laws of motion.
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