an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage.
the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished.
machinery or mechanical appliances in general.
the structure or arrangement of parts of a machine or similar device, or of anything analogous.
the mechanical part of something; any mechanical device: the mechanism of a clock.
routine methods or procedures; mechanics: the mechanism of government.
mechanical execution, as in painting or music; technique.
the view that all natural processes are explicable in terms of classical mechanics.
the view that all biological processes may be described in physicochemical terms.
Psychoanalysis. the habitual operation and interaction of psychological forces within an individual that assist in interpreting or dealing with the physical or psychological environment.
- mech·a·nis·mic, adjective
- an·ti·mech·an·ism, noun
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How to use mechanism in a sentence
Europe’s busiest airport hub, London Heathrow, is working on a testing mechanism and industry executives are lobbying the British government to replace quarantines with virus tests as a means of screening arriving travelers from high-risk countries.Airport COVID testing hubs and new travel corridors are part of a plan to revive U.S.-Europe air travel | Bernhard Warner | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
One is that we have to ensure that voting mechanisms are in place.Craigslist founder Craig Newmark on why he’s donating millions to journalism | Pierre Bienaimé | August 11, 2020 | Digiday
These are the types of mechanisms that explain why you remember salient events.Towards ‘Eternal Sunshine’? New Links Found Between Memory and Emotion | Shelly Fan | July 28, 2020 | Singularity Hub
This makes it unusual, as it will allow physicists to study this new binding mechanism in detail.CERN: Physicists Report the Discovery of Unique New Particle | Harry Cliff | July 15, 2020 | Singularity Hub
By shutting down its brain and any sensory channels, they could determine whether a mechanism in the larvae generated Lévy walks in the absence of information about the world.Random Search Wired Into Animals May Help Them Hunt | Liam Drew | June 11, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Farrell issued a ticket to an 18-year-old shipyard worker for speeding and an improper exhaust mechanism, according to the TP.
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The wheezy, crazy mechanism of the car went to bits in unexpected places.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
In the same way the technical form and mechanism of production were presumed to respond to an automatic stimulus.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The attempt at social change threatens a social revolution in which the whole elaborate mechanism would burst into fragments.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The marvelous improvements in mechanism and tone production and control in 1886 to 1913 by Robt.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
The reader may judge of the perfection of mechanism in this plain-looking engine from the fact that a pole, with 150 lbs.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for mechanism
a system or structure of moving parts that performs some function, esp in a machine
something resembling a machine in the arrangement and working of its parts: the mechanism of the ear
any form of mechanical device or any part of such a device
a process or technique, esp of execution: the mechanism of novel writing
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
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
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