Meaning of MECHANISM in English

MECHANISM

transcription, транскрипция: [ mekənɪzəm ]

( mechanisms)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

In a machine or piece of equipment, a mechanism is a part, often consisting of a set of smaller parts, which performs a particular function.

...the locking mechanism...

A bomb has been detonated by a special mechanism.

N-COUNT : usu sing , with supp

2.

A mechanism is a special way of getting something done within a particular system.

There’s no mechanism for punishing arms exporters who break the rules.

N-COUNT : with supp

3.

A mechanism is a part of your behaviour that is automatic and that helps you to survive or to cope with a difficult situation.

...a survival mechanism, a means of coping with intolerable stress.

N-COUNT : with supp

4.

see also defence mechanism

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