Meaning of MECHANICAL in English


— mechanically , adv. — mechanicalness, mechanicality , n.

/meuh kan"i keuhl/ , adj.

1. having to do with machinery: a mechanical failure.

2. being a machine; operated by machinery: a mechanical toy.

3. caused by or derived from machinery: mechanical propulsion.

4. using machine parts only.

5. brought about by friction, abrasion, etc.: a mechanical bond between stones; mechanical erosion.

6. pertaining to the design, use, understanding, etc., of tools and machinery: the mechanical trades; mechanical ability.

7. acting or performed without spontaneity, spirit, individuality, etc.: a mechanical performance.

8. habitual; routine; automatic: Practice that step until it becomes mechanical.

9. belonging or pertaining to the subject matter of mechanics.

10. pertaining to, or controlled or effected by, physical forces.

11. (of a philosopher or philosophical theory) explaining phenomena as due to mechanical action or the material forces of the universe.

12. subordinating the spiritual to the material; materialistic.


13. a mechanical object, part, device, etc.

14. Print. a sheet of stiff paper on which has been pasted artwork and type proofs for making a printing plate; paste-up.

15. Obs. a skilled manual laborer, as a carpenter or other artisan.

[ 1375-1425; late ME, equiv. to mechanic mechanical + -AL 1 ; see MECHANIC ]

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