[ muh-kan-i-kuh l ]
/ məˈkæn ɪ kəl /
having to do with machinery: a mechanical failure.
being a machine; operated by machinery: a mechanical toy.
caused by or derived from machinery: mechanical propulsion.
using machine parts only.
brought about by friction, abrasion, etc.: a mechanical bond between stones; mechanical erosion.
pertaining to the design, use, understanding, etc., of tools and machinery: the mechanical trades; mechanical ability.
acting or performed without spontaneity, spirit, individuality, etc.: a mechanical performance.
habitual; routine; automatic: Practice that step until it becomes mechanical.
belonging or pertaining to the subject matter of mechanics.
pertaining to, or controlled or effected by, physical forces.
(of a philosopher or philosophical theory) explaining phenomena as due to mechanical action or the material forces of the universe.
subordinating the spiritual to the material; materialistic.
a mechanical object, part, device, etc.
Printing. a sheet of stiff paper on which has been pasted artwork and type proofs for making a printing plate; paste-up.
Obsolete. a skilled manual laborer, as a carpenter or other artisan.
Words nearby mechanical
Origin of mechanical
OTHER WORDS FROM mechanical
me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverbme·chan·i·cal·ness, me·chan·i·cal·i·ty, nounnon·me·chan·i·cal, adjectivenon·me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverb
non·me·chan·i·cal·ness, nounqua·si-me·chan·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·me·chan·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·me·chan·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverbun·me·chan·i·cal, adjectiveun·me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nonmechanical
/ (mɪˈkænɪkəl) /
made, performed, or operated by or as if by a machine or machinerya mechanical process
concerned with machines or machinery
relating to or controlled or operated by physical forces
of or concerned with mechanics
(of a gesture, etc) automatic; lacking thought, feeling, etc
philosophy accounting for phenomena by physically determining forces
(of paper, such as newsprint) made from pulp that has been mechanically ground and contains impurities
Derived forms of mechanicalmechanicalism, nounmechanically, adverbmechanicalness, noun
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Medical definitions for nonmechanical
[ mĭ-kăn′ĭ-kəl ]
Operated or produced by a mechanism or machine.
Relating to, produced by, or dominated by physical forces.
Interpreting and explaining the phenomena of the universe by referring to causally determined material forces; mechanistic.
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