Meaning of MECHANISM in English



Pronunciation: ' me-k ə - ˌ ni-z ə m

Function: noun

Date: 1662

1 a : a piece of machinery b : a process, technique, or system for achieving a result

2 : mechanical operation or action : WORKING 2

3 : a doctrine that holds natural processes (as of life) to be mechanically determined and capable of complete explanation by the laws of physics and chemistry

4 : the fundamental processes involved in or responsible for an action, reaction, or other natural phenomenon < mechanism s of organic evolution> ― compare DEFENSE MECHANISM

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.