Meaning of MECHANICS in English


mə̇ˈkaniks, -nēks, -nēks noun plural but singular or plural in construction

1. : a branch of physical science that deals with energy and forces and their relation to the equilibrium, deformation, or motion of solid, liquid, and gaseous bodies — see celestial mechanics , matrix mechanics , quantum mechanics , wave mechanics ; compare dynamics , energetics , kinematics , kinetics , statics


a. : the practical application of mechanics to the design, construction, or operation of machines or tools or their products

b. : fabrication by any manual trade or craft — called also mechanic art

3. : working structure or mechanism : functioning system

knows the mechanics of the lathe intimately

the mechanics of the general circulation of the atmosphere — Climate & Man

provides an adequate mechanics of meaning and value — R.P.Blackmur

my enjoyment of our own parties is still dimmed by the mechanics of hospitality — Doris F. Bernays

liberals without much grasp of the mechanics of politics — H.J.Hanham

4. : routine procedure : technical details or method

leaves the mechanics of his agency almost solely in the hands of subordinates — New Republic

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.