Meaning of MECHANICS in English


/meuh kan"iks/ , n.

1. ( used with a sing. v. ) the branch of physics that deals with the action of forces on bodies and with motion, comprised of kinetics, statics, and kinematics.

2. ( used with a sing. v. ) the theoretical and practical application of this science to machinery, mechanical appliances, etc.

3. ( usually used with a pl. v. ) the technical aspect or working part; mechanism; structure.

4. ( usually used with a pl. v. ) routine or basic methods, procedures, techniques, or details: the mechanics of running an office; the mechanics of baseball.

[ 1640-50; see MECHANIC, -ICS ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .