Meaning of MECHANISM in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈme-kə-ˌni-zəm ]


Date: 1662


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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.