- 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.
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Origin of mechanism
OTHER WORDS FROM mechanismmech·a·nis·mic, adjectivean·ti·mech·an·ism, noun
Example sentences from the Web for mechanism
It is entirely possible for some of these mechanisms to be functioning while others have ceased.
Part of the alias and the disguise is masking racism with the mechanisms of large, diverse institutions.
That said, the mechanisms we have to pay for higher education are seriously broken.The Exciting-but-Depressing Obama-Tumblr Student-Loan Summit|Kelly Williams Brown|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But more research and further inquiry are critical to better understand the mechanisms of brain and spinal injury.Electric Stimulation and Rigorous Physical Therapy Show Promise for Paralysis Patients|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a no brainer which of the two mechanisms I would view the film through.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’|Jimmy So|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We were diving parallel with the gravity-ray now, hardly a mile from it, diving for the mechanisms of its source.
And an instant later there were vacant rocks where the little cluster of men and mechanisms had been.
Thicourt did something quickly with the levers and buttons of the mechanisms in the room.The Man Who Saw the Future|Edmond Hamilton
Somehow he had known that would be true, that it wasn't just his own mechanisms failing.Progress Report|Mark Clifton
Dr. Mackenzie, who says there are but two mechanisms, the long and short reed, says the falsetto is produced by the short reed.The Head Voice and Other Problems|D. A. Clippinger
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