1》 an apparatus using or applying mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.
↘ technical any device that transmits a force or directs its application.
2》 an efficient and well-organized group of powerful people: the party ~.
■ verb make or operate on with a ~.
↘ Brit. sew or make with a sewing ~.
C16: from Fr., via L. from Doric Gk makhana (Gk mēkhanē , from mēkhos 'contrivance').