mechanics

[ muh-kan-iks ]
/ məˈkæn ɪks /

noun

(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.
(used with a singular verb) the theoretical and practical application of this science to machinery, mechanical appliances, etc.
(usually used with a plural verb) the technical aspect or working part; mechanism; structure.
(usually used with a plural verb) routine or basic methods, procedures, techniques, or details: the mechanics of running an office; the mechanics of baseball.

Nearby words

  1. mechanical ventilation,
  2. mechanical weathering,
  3. mechanically,
  4. mechanically recovered meat,
  5. mechanician,
  6. mechanicsville,
  7. mechanise,
  8. mechanism,
  9. mechanist,
  10. mechanistic

Origin of mechanics

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

mechanic

[ muh-kan-ik ]
/ məˈkæn ɪk /

noun

a person who repairs and maintains machinery, motors, etc.: an automobile mechanic.
a worker who is skilled in the use of tools, machines, equipment, etc.
Slang. a person skilled in the dishonest handling of cards, dice, or other objects used in games of chance.

Origin of mechanic

1350–1400; Middle English: mechanical < Latin mēchanicus < Greek mēchanikós, equivalent to mēchan(ḗ) machine + -ikos -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for mechanics

mechanics

/ (mɪˈkænɪks) /

noun

(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
(functioning as singular) the science of designing, constructing, and operating machines
the working parts of a machine
the technical aspects of somethingthe mechanics of poetic style

mechanic

/ (mɪˈkænɪk) /

noun

a person skilled in maintaining or operating machinery, motors, etc
archaic a common labourer

Word Origin for mechanic

C14: from Latin mēchanicus, from Greek mēkhanikos, from mēkhanē machine

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Word Origin and History for mechanics
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Medicine definitions for mechanics

mechanics

[ mĭ-kănĭks ]

n.

The branch of physics concerned with the analysis of the action of forces on matter or material systems.
The design, construction, and use of machinery or of mechanical structures.
The functional and technical aspects of an activity.

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Science definitions for mechanics

mechanics

[ mĭ-kănĭks ]

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.
The functional aspect of a system, such as the mechanics of blood circulation.
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Culture definitions for mechanics

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.

Note

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

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