Meaning of MECHANISM in English



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


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


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


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


see also defence ~

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