- 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
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
Word Origin and History for mechanism
1660s, from Modern Latin mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine, instrument" (see machine (n.)).