[ sur-voh-mek-uh-niz-uhm, sur-voh-mek- ]
/ ˈsɜr voʊˌmɛk əˌnɪz əm, ˌsɜr voʊˈmɛk- /
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an electronic control system in which a hydraulic, pneumatic, or other type of controlling mechanism is actuated and controlled by a low-energy signal.



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Origin of servomechanism

First recorded in 1940–45; servo- + mechanism

OTHER WORDS FROM servomechanism

ser·vo·me·chan·i·cal [sur-voh-muh-kan-i-kuhl], /ˌsɜr voʊ məˈkæn ɪ kəl/, adjectiveser·vo·me·chan·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words nearby servomechanism

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British Dictionary definitions for servomechanism

/ (ˈsɜːvəʊˌmɛkəˌnɪzəm, ˌsɜːvəʊˈmɛk-) /


a mechanical or electromechanical system for control of the position or speed of an output transducer. Negative feedback is incorporated to minimize discrepancies between the output state and the input control setting

Derived forms of servomechanism

servomechanical (ˌsɜːvəʊmɪˈkænɪkəl), adjective
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