The definition of a mechanism is a machine or tool that redirects motion.
Types of Mechanisms
- Wheel - Effective at changing circular motion into linear motion.
- Pulley - Effective in transferring large amounts of weight.
- Crank - Able to take circular or rotary motion and make it into a constantly turning or oscillating movement.
- An example of a mechanism is a see-saw; motion is transferred evenly across a see-saw as long as there are equal amounts of force on both ends.
- An example of a mechanism is a lever; the drection, strength and amount of movement is controled by a lever.
- the working parts or arrangement of parts of a machine; works: the mechanism of a clock
- a system whose parts work together like those of a machine: the mechanism of the universe
- any system or means for doing something; esp., a physical or mental process or processes, whether conscious or unconscious, by which some result is produced; machinery
- the mechanical aspect; technical part
- the theory or doctrine that all the phenomena of the universe, particularly life, can ultimately be explained in terms of matter moving in accordance with the laws of nature
Origin of mechanismModern Latin mechanismus ; from Classical Greek mēchanē, machine
- a. A machine or mechanical appliance.b. The arrangement of connected parts in a machine.
- A system of parts that operate or interact like those of a machine: the mechanism of the solar system.
- An instrument or a process, physical or mental, by which something is done or comes into being: “The mechanism of oral learning is largely that of continuous repetition” (T.G.E. Powell).
- A habitual manner of acting to achieve an end.
- Psychology A usually unconscious mental and emotional pattern that shapes behavior in a given situation or environment: a defense mechanism.
- The sequence of steps in a chemical reaction.
- Philosophy The doctrine that all natural phenomena are explicable by material causes and mechanical principles.
Origin of mechanismNew Latin mēchanismus, from Late Latin mēchanisma, from Greek mēkhanē, machine; see mechanic.
- Within a machine or machinery; any mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion, or the transmission or control of power.
- Any combination of cams, gears, links, belts, chains and logical mechanical elements.
- A group of objects or parts that interact together. (as in Political machine)
- A mental, physical, or chemical process.
- (philosophy) A theory that all natural phenomena can be explained by physical causes.
From Latin mechanismus, from Greek μηχανή (mekhanē, “machine”)