Meaning of MECHANISM in English

MECHANISM

(~s)

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

1.

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

...the locking ~...

A bomb has been detonated by a special ~.

N-COUNT: usu sing, with supp

2.

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

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

N-COUNT: with supp

3.

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

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

N-COUNT: with supp

4.

see also defence ~

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