- the view that all natural processes are explicable in terms of Newtonian mechanics.
- the view that all biological processes may be described in physicochemical terms.
Origin of mechanism
Related formsmech·a·nis·mic, adjectivean·ti·mech·an·ism, noun
Examples from the Web for mechanism
Franck has not, as they say, spelled out a mechanism by which this could happen.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling|Walter Olson|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The “tapping” mechanism is similar, like tapping someone on the shoulder via the Internet.Bigger, Bolder, and Better Than Ever: Steve Jobs Would Be Proud of Today's Apple|Kyle Chayka|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I mean, I recognize the mechanism; I know what it is as opposed to everything else.
It is also used as a mechanism of revenge after a couple parts ways.So You Want to be a Porn Star? Inside the Sex Tape Phenomenon|Aurora Snow|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Madison is at odds with Alexander Hamilton and puts in place the mechanism for an opposition political party.Dick and Lynne Cheney Play the Founding Fathers for Laughs|Eleanor Clift|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The more the geometry in mechanism is emphasized, the less can mechanism admit that anything is ever created, even pure form.Creative Evolution|Henri Bergson
From neither can we obtain much impression of the mechanism of his invention.Aspects and Impressions|Edmund Gosse
He mars the fairest work by showing me its skeleton, and reveals the mechanism of things while hiding the beautiful results.The Works of Honor de Balzac|Honor de Balzac
Grafted on a Grecian stock, every shoot bore Grecian fruit: and what was borrowed from mechanism was reproduced in beauty 184.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
That part of the mechanism which represents the equator and the zodiac is calculated to make one revolution in 25,000 years.Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II|Edward Luther Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for mechanism
- the doctrine that human action can be explained in purely physical terms, whether mechanical or biological
- the explanation of phenomena in causal rather than teleological or essentialist terms
- the view that the task of science is to seek such explanations
- strict determinismCompare dynamism, vitalism
- the ways in which psychological forces interact and operate
- a structure having an influence on the behaviour of a person, such as a defence mechanism