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Meaning of MECHANISM

Pronunciation:  'meku`nizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  technical aspects of doing something; "mechanisms of communication"; "the mechanics of prose style"
  2. [n]  device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
  3. [n]  the doctrine that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
  4. [n]  a natural object resembling a machine in structure and function; "the mechanism of the ear"
  5. [n]  the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction; "he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"

MECHANISM is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: chemical mechanism, mechanics
 See Also: action, action mechanism, actuator, automaton, axis, axis of rotation, barrier, biochemical mechanism, biological clock, carriage, carrying into action, carrying out, cartridge ejector, cartridge extractor, cartridge remover, chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, clockwork, control, controller, cooling, cooling system, delayed action, device, drive, drive line, drive line system, ejector, execution, extractor, film advance, gear, gear mechanism, golem, homing device, hydraulic system, ignition, ignition system, lock, mechanical device, natural object, performance, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, radiator, robot, rotating mechanism, steering linkage, steering mechanism, steering system, tape drive, tape transport, transport, whirler, workings, works



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mech"an*ism\, n. [Cf. F. m['e]canisme, L. mechanisma.
See {Mechanic}.]
1. The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the
   parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or
   relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an
   effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a
   sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod.

2. Mechanical operation or action.

         He acknowledges nothing besides matter and motion;
         so that all must be performed either by mechanism or
         accident.                             --Bentley.

3. (Kinematics) An ideal machine; a combination of movable
   bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with
   regard to relative movements.

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